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Ukraine strikes Russian oil rigs in Black Sea with missiles

At least three people were injured and seven disappeared today as a result of an attack allegedly perpetrated by the Army of Ukraine against Russian oil platforms in the Black Seareported the governor of the annexed Crimean peninsula, Sergei Aksionov.

“Today morning the enemy attacked the platforms of Chernomorneftegaz. I am in contact with colleagues from the Ministry of Defense and the Federal Security Service of Russiawe work to rescue employees”he stated in a video posted on his Telegram channel.

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According to the pro-Russian leader of the peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, Of the 12 people who were on the platform at the time of the attack, “we rescued five people, three of whom are injured.”

“The search for the remaining ones continues,” he added.

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Aksionov indicated that the Russian Ministry of Defense carries out the rescue operation with the help of patrol boats and aviation.

Speaking to the Russian television channel Rossiya 24, The pro-Russian leader pointed out that “the attack was perpetrated against three platforms.”

“In them there were 109 people, 21 have already been evacuated”, he said, indicating that the first platform to be attacked was the one that suffered the most damage.

In the remaining two platforms there were no major damages or injuries, and the employees are preparing to be evacuated.

“They expelled the gas from the pipes. They temporarily stopped the extraction”he claimed.

The fact was confirmed by the Ukrainian deputy Alexei Goncharenko on his Telegram channel, according to which it was about missile attacks.

“The missile attack on the platforms reduced Russian gas production in the Black Sea”he indicated.

The company Chernomorneftegaznationalized in 2014 by the Crimean authorities, after its annexation by Russia, exploits deposits on the offshore platforms of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea.

The platforms on which the Russian Army allegedly installed radar systems are located 100 kilometers from the Ukrainian port city of Odessa and 150 from Crimea.

Source: Elcomercio

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