Snake Island's battle scars captured as Ukraine hits Russian positions

STORY: Images released by Maxar Technologies, a private U.S.-based company, also showed recent damage to buildings on the island, which became famous for the foul-mouthed defiance of its Ukrainian defenders early in the invasion.

Renewed fighting around Snake Island in recent days may become a battle for control of the western Black Sea coast, according to some defense officials, as Russian forces struggle to make headway in Ukraine's north and east.

Maxar also released images of the Azovstal steel plant, which showed a cloud of black smoke rising into the sky.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a "special operation" to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists.

Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.