Satellite images taken after Ukraine regained control of Snake Island showed destruction left behind by Russian troops

Satellite images from June 30, 2022 show the destruction left behind by Russian troops on Snake Island. They were forced out by Ukrainian forces after occupying the Island since March.

New satellite imagery shows a torched and battered Snake Island left behind by Russian forces.
Russians had occupied the island since the early days of its invasion into Ukraine until this week.
The territory was where a Ukrainian guard told an advancing Russian warship to “go fuck yourself.”

Satellite images of Ukraine’s recently-liberated Snake Island show destroyed buildings and landscapes with smoke billowing after Ukrainian forces drove out Russian occupiers.

The island, located in the Black Sea, is also known as Zmiinyi Island and was the location where a young Ukrainian guard bravely told an incoming Russian warship to “go fuck yourself” in the first days of Russia’s invasion.

On Thursday, Russia confirmed that its troops had left the island and said they had done so as a “gesture of goodwill,” although they failed to set up a military base there over several months of occupation. Ukraine claimed that a successful missile campaign this week had finally driven them out.

Below is a satellite photo of Snake Island ahead of Russia’s occupation.

Zmiinyi (Snake) Island is situated near the Ukrainian and Romanian coasts along the Black Sea.

The following satellite images provided by Maxar Technologies show the extent of the damage left behind by the Russians and by aerial campaigns by both countries as they warred over control of the Ukrainian territory. 

Satellite images from June 30, 2022 show the destruction left behind by Russian troops on Snake Island. They were forced out by Ukrainian forces after occupying the Island since March.

Alongside the smoke billowing out of various structures, the brown patches encompassing much of the island represent burned agriculture, according to Maxar. In the middle of the island, buildings were destroyed as well.

Satellite images from June 30, 2022 show the destruction left behind by Russian troops on Snake Island. They were forced out by Ukrainian forces after occupying the Island since March.

In the above photo, on the northern tip of the island, multiple structures leading to the sea are seen smoking and crumbled.

It is unclear if the destroyed structures were set up by Russians prior to Thursday, or whether it was all Ukrainian infrastructure that was demolished.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

U.S. official: Migrants who died cleared inland checkpoint

By JUAN LOZANO and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — The tractor-trailer at the center of a human-smuggling attempt that left 53 people dead had passed through an inland U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint with migrants inside the sweltering rig earlier in its journey, a U.S. official said Thursday.

The truck went through the checkpoint on Interstate 35 located 26 miles northeast of the border city of Laredo, Texas.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said there were 73 people in the truck when it was discovered Monday in San Antonio, including the 53 who died. It was unclear if agents stopped the driver for questioning at the inland checkpoint or if the truck went through unimpeded.

The disclosure brings new attention to an old policy question of whether the roughly 110 inland highway checkpoints along the Mexican and Canadian borders are sufficiently effective at spotting people in cars and trucks who enter the United States illegally. They are generally located up to 100 miles from the border.

Texas state police also announced they would operate their own inland checkpoints for tractor-trailers on the orders of Gov. Greg Abbott, who considers the Biden administration’s efforts insufficient. It was unclear how many trucks they would be stopping.

Also Thursday, Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, the alleged driver of the tractor-trailer, made his initial appearance in San Antonio federal court. During a hearing that lasted about five minutes, Zamorano, wearing a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants, said very little, giving yes and no answers to questions from U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney about his rights and the charges against him.

The judge appointed a federal public defender for Zamorano as well as a second attorney since the smuggling charge he faces carries a possible death sentence. She scheduled a hearing next week to determine if he is eligible for bail.

It remained unclear just how long the migrants were in the trailer on the sweltering day and whether having their cell phones confiscated by the smugglers before being placed inside contributed to the extremely high death toll. Emergency calls from trapped migrants have not emerged in this case as they have in earlier incidents.

On Thursday, José Santos Bueso of El Progreso, Honduras said his daughter, 37-year-old Jazmín Nayarith Bueso Núñez, told him in their last conversation that she was in Laredo, that the smugglers were going to take their phones and she would not be …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News

      

Allen Active Shooter: Shooting Reports in Floyd County, Kentucky

There were reports of an active shooter in Allen, Kentucky. Multiple law enforcement officers were shot, the sheriff told local television station WSAZ.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told WSAZ-TV that several officers were taken to different hospitals and the shooting “involves multiple victims from different agencies.”

The sheriff told the television station that the shooting occurred as deputies were trying to serve a “court-issued warrant,” and the suspect opened fire and then barricaded himself. The officers’ conditions are not yet clear. WOWKtv reported that Floyd County deputies are among the victims.

“@ATFLouisville’s Ashland and London Offices are responding to a shooting scene and armed barricaded person in Floyd County, Kentucky. @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available,” the ATF’s Louisville office wrote on Twitter.

Here’s what you need to know:

There Are Reports of Multiple Law Enforcement Officers Shot in an ‘Active Scene’

@ATFLouisville’s Ashland and London Offices are responding to a shooting scene and armed barricaded person in Floyd County, Kentucky. @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/8ljyvRMz8x

— ATF Louisville (@ATFLouisville) July 1, 2022

Hodgenville Police Department wrote on Facebook, “Reports out of Floud County KY say multiple law enforcement officers have been shot and the scene is still active. Please pray for our brothers tonight as they will surely need them.”

The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department wrote, “Our hearts are heavy tonight. We would like to ask that you please pray for our fellow law enforcement officers and first responders who are dealing with the critical situation in Allen. Each day when an officer goes out, he never knows if he is going to make it back home. These are special people with a desire to put others lives ahead of their own. Please lift them up…they need you right now!”

People in Allen Posted Videos Showing the Massive Law Enforcement Response

People who live in the area posted videos to Facebook showing the massive law enforcement response.

Helicopters were flying overhead. The suspect’s name and motive have not yet been released. The shooting broke out in the evening of June 30, 2022.

There were unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation. Fox Lexington reported that witnesses say the suspect started shooting …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

Key Detail Emerges on Heat’s Trade Offer for Jazz All-Star: Report

Kevin Durant

While Nets superstar Kevin Durant nearly broke the Internet after asking for a trade out of Brooklyn on Thursday, June 30, and the Miami Heat being named as one of the 11-time All-Star’s “wish list” destinations caused quite a stir, dealings for another longtime sought-after trade target fell under the radar.

Five Reasons Sports Network’s Greg Sylvander first announced, “Miami has submitted an offer to Donovon Mitchell,” a report confirmed by The New York Daily News reporter Kristian Winfield amid the flurry of reports concerning Durant and the Heat.

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BREAKING: Miami has “submitted” a trade offer for Donovan Mitchell, via @GregSylvander

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— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 30, 2022

“The Heat are a more likely landing spot for Donovan Mitchell and have furnished a trade offer to the Utah Jazz,” Winfield wrote. “In an April 2022 episode of the Certified Buckets podcast, New York City hip-hop legend Fat Joe told me he is close to Mitchell and that Mitchell’s dream is playing for Miami, not his hometown Knicks.”

The Miami Heat are a more likely landing spot for Donovan Mitchell and have furnished a trade offer to the Utah Jazz, Per @Krisplashed

“Fat Joe told me he is close to Mitchell and that Mitchell’s dream is playing for Miami, not his hometown Knicks.” pic.twitter.com/IHhZ9M87YO

— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) June 30, 2022

Because Mitchell has been linked to the Heat for over a year, it was strange that the Heat making an official offer to the three-time All-Star wasn’t getting the proper media attention. However, Sylvander later revealed a key detail concerning Miami’s offer to land the 25-year-old guard.

“My Mitchell trade offer update on our live stream was not intended to imply it happened today. and I should have clarified that,” Sylvander tweeted. “Miami is laser focused on Durant.”

ESPN Analyst Reported The Heat Have Been Preparing for Durant’s Trade ‘For Days’

GettyKevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on April 25, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Source:: Heavy.com