Head of Moscow-controlled Crimea says three individuals had been injured, seven lacking after Ukraine fired on Black Sea oil drilling platforms.
The governor of Moscow-controlled Crimea has mentioned three individuals had been injured and 7 are lacking after Ukraine fired on three oil drilling platforms within the Black Sea off the Russian-annexed peninsula.
“We verify that there are three injured and 7 reported lacking. We assure that the search will proceed,” Governor Sergey Aksyonov mentioned on Telegram on Monday, referring to platforms of the Crimea-based oil and fuel firm Chernomorneftegaz.
That is the primary reported strike in opposition to the offshore power infrastructure in Crimea since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Aksyonov, put in by Russia because the peninsula’s governor after the 2014 annexation by Moscow, had beforehand mentioned 5 individuals had been injured within the assault earlier than revising the casualty figures.
He mentioned three platforms had been focused, triggering the evacuation of 94 individuals on the websites, whereas 15 troopers remained to protect them.
A search and rescue operation was persevering with by air and sea, he mentioned.
Chernomorneftegaz, sanctioned by the USA since 2014, operates a number of fuel and oil fields within the Black Sea and within the Sea of Azov.
Aksyonov mentioned that one platform had been hit, and Olga Kovitidi, a Russian senator for Crimea, instructed the RIA Novosti company that there have been no victims on the 2 different platforms that had been focused within the assault.
The Ukrainian army mentioned a meals warehouse within the Black Sea port of Odesa was destroyed in a Russian missile assault, however no civilians had been killed.
Town has come beneath sporadic bombardment because the begin of the struggle and is blockaded by the Russian navy, whereas both sides accuses the opposite of laying mines within the sea.
Ukraine’s Operational Command “South” mentioned Russian forces had fired 14 missiles at southern Ukraine throughout a three-hour barrage “in impotent anger on the successes of our troops”.
Russia’s army didn’t instantly touch upon the stories.