a video of another Bayraktar TB-2 drone destroying another surface-to-air missile system, this time a Tor.
ZU-23 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun. These were not, it seems, random strikes, but a systematic effort to strip away the island's air defenses.
filmed by a drone. Large secondary explosions show that the bombs hit weapons or fuel storage.destroyed a Russian Mi-8 helicopter that was landing soldiers on the island. Military analysts have said that based on the behavior of the troops, some of whom immediately took up firing positions when they left the helicopter, the Russians must have lost contact with the island and not known if it had been seized by Ukraine or not.
Today a Telegram account associated with the Wagner Group reported that Russia has abandoned the island entirely. I doubt that Ukraine is likely to reoccupy it, since they have just demonstrated that it is completely indefensible. So what is this about?
But as I said that is just a guess, and we really don't know why Ukraine has devoted so much attention to this tiny island, or why they have publicized all of these attacks.
UPDATE 13 April: Russia has put two more SAM systems on the island, so they're not giving up.