Ukrainian defenders attack “Boiko towers” stolen by Russia in the Black Sea

UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – MONDAY, 20  JUNE 2022, 13:15

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have hit the “Boiko towers” – drilling rigs belonging to the Russian-appropriated Chornomornaftogaz [an oil and gas company located in Simferopol, Crimea, that was “nationalised” by the Crimean authorities after the annexation of the peninsula].

Source: Kryminform; Sergei Aksyonov, Russia’s puppet leader in Crimea, on Telegram; Ukrainian People’s Deputy Oleksii Honcharenko on Telegram

Quote from Aksenov: “This morning the enemy struck the drilling rigs of Chornomornaftogaz. I am in touch with colleagues from the Ministry of Defence and the FSB [Russian Federal Security Service] and we are working to save people.”

Quote from Honcharenko: “Our rocket troops were smoking – not near Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, but near the Boiko towers. The missile strike on the towers has slightly hampered the Russians’ gas production in the Ukrainian Black Sea.”

Details: According to Aksyonov, there are injured and missing people. Patrol boats and aircraft from the Russian Defence Ministry are trying to carry out rescue operations.

Background:

  • In 2014, Russia seized two drilling rigs when Crimea was annexed. At the same time, they remained at the Odesa field, which is much closer to mainland Ukraine than to the peninsula. In December 2015, Russia moved the “Boiko towers” closer to occupied Crimea.
  • On 23 December 2015, the Pechersk court in Kyiv granted the Prosecutor General’s request to arrest the Boiko towers – drilling rigs on the Black Sea shelf for which Ukraine overpaid $400 million seven years ago.

In January 2017, a Ukrainian court arrested the drilling rigs seized by Russia.

https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2022/06/20/7353582/

4 comments

  1. “The missile strike on the towers has slightly hampered the Russians’ gas production in the Ukrainian Black Sea.”

    Meaning they have joined the new submarine fleet of the Black Sea. Ukraine continue to humiliate Russia in the Black sea, Russian fabled air defences are proven to be next to useless. Let’s hope this is a dress rehearsal for the Kerch bridge.

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  2. They are having to strike their own property, which must be galling for the valiant defenders.
    Am reminded of Max Hastings words:
    “It is monstrously unjust that one side in a conflict should exercise a license to wreak havoc on the other, while itself remaining physically impervious.”
    And also :
    “Only direct Western military intervention offers a prospect of tilting the odds decisively against Russia.”

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  3. “The Armed Forces of Ukraine have hit the “Boiko towers” – drilling rigs belonging to the Russian-appropriated Chornomornaftogaz [an oil and gas company located in Simferopol, Crimea, that was “nationalised” by the Crimean authorities after the annexation of the peninsula].”

    Well, as I see it, the rigs are NOT the property of the ruskies.
    At any rate, good job, Ukraine!

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