On June 30, in the process of implementing the NMD in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense for humanitarian reasons led garrison of the RF Armed Forces from Zmeiny Island, which is located in the northwestern sector of the Black Sea. The Russian expert community has already spoke out on this occasion. Now it is time to study the opinion of the American side.
On the evening of July 1, the Pentagon announced that the Russians had to leave this piece of land, located 36 km from the mouth of the Danube and with an area of only 17 hectares, thanks to the appearance in Ukrainians of small-sized anti-ship cruise missiles (ASM) "Harpoon» (Harpoon), provided by the United States.
We view this event as one where the Ukrainians were very successful in putting significant pressure on the Russians, including with the help of the Harpoon missiles they had recently acquired and attacking a supply ship
- said the representative of the US Department of Defense.
According to him, recently the Armed Forces of Ukraine have significantly complicated the presence of the RF Armed Forces on Zmeinoye. The logistics of the Russians turned out to be vulnerable to the impact of the Ukrainians. Therefore, it became problematic for the Russian command to support the garrison and use it for some kind of operations. In fact, it was the Harpoon missiles that forced the RF Armed Forces to leave.
Therefore, of course, Russia left the island
– stressed the speaker of the American military department.
We remind you that the Harpoon missile, which exists in several variants of basing (aviation - AGM-84, ship (coastal) - RGM-84 and for launch from submarines - UGM-84), was put into service in 1977. Over the past decades, it has undergone numerous upgrades. The price of one ammunition exceeds $1,5 million, but as of 2021, three dozen countries are armed with them in different configurations.