Ukraine attacks oil rigs in Crimea, the first since the invasion of Russia

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Russo-Ukrainian War: This is the first reported strike against offshore energy infrastructure in Crimea.

Moscow:

The leader of Moscow-controlled Crimea on Monday accused Ukraine of firing at oil rigs off the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

“This morning the enemy attacked the drilling platforms of Chernomorneftegaz,” Sergey Aksyonov said on Telegram, referring to the Crimean-based oil and gas company.

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“I am in contact with our colleagues from the Ministry of Defense and the FSB (security agency), we are working to save people,” he added.

According to him, five people had been saved, including three injured, while the search continued “with the participation of patrol boats and aviation”.

Aksyonov did not specify which platforms were hit, but Chernomorneftegaz operates several gas and oil fields in the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov.

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This is the first reported strike against offshore energy infrastructure in Crimea since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

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