Russian authorities today blamed Ukraine for hitting offshore drilling rigs off Crimea, saying at least three people had been injured and that search and rescue operations were continuing.
“This morning the enemy attacked Tchernomorneftegaz drilling rigs. “I am in contact with our colleagues in the Ministry of Defense and (the Russian intelligence service) FSB, we are trying to save people,” Crimean Governor Sergei Axionov, who was appointed by Moscow after the annexation of the peninsula in 2014, told Telegram.
According to him, five of the 12 people on the platforms have been rescued, of whom 3 have been injured. Investigations into the others are ongoing.
Axionov did not specify which facilities were affected, but Tchernomorneftegaz operates several oil and gas fields in the Black and Azov Seas off Crimea.
This is the first blow to offshore drilling infrastructure in Crimea since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.