Ukraine Strikes Crimean Oil Platform

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

June 22, 2022

SEVASTOPOL – Crimean officials announced Monday that Ukraine fired on Black Sea oil drilling platforms wounding three.

The Russian controlled governor of Crimea announced three people were injured and seven are missing after Ukraine attacked three oil drilling platforms in the Black Sea off the Crimean coast.

“We confirm that there are three injured and seven reported missing. We guarantee that the search will continue,” Governor Sergey Aksyonov said in a statement.

The attack by Ukraine is the first reported of its kind against the energy infrastructure in Crimea since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.  The platforms are operated by Chernomorneftegaz, a former Soviet owned oil and gas giant, which was sanctions by the United States in 2014.  Chernomorneftegaz operates gas and oil fields in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.