kyiv attacks Russian drilling platforms off Crimea
In a message posted on Telegram, Governor Sergei Aksionov, installed by Russia after the annexation of Crimea in 2014, claimed that 12 people were on the platforms at the time of the strike.
Three were injured, five were rescued and the search continues for the others
with the participation of patrol ships and air assets.
” This morning the enemy attacked the Chernomorneftegaz drilling platforms. I am in contact with our colleagues from the Ministry of Defense and (from the special services) of the FSB [service de sécurité intérieure]we strive to save people. »
In a subsequent interview with Russian television Rossiya 24 reported by the Russian agency Interfax, Mr. Aksionov, however, indicated that this assessment only concerned a first drilling rig. In total, he said, three towers on which were 109 people were affected.
Mr. Aksionov did not specify which installations had been affected, nor whether they exploited gas or oil, but the Chernomorneftegaz company operates several gas and oil fields in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, off Crimea.
Ukrainian MP Oleksii Honcharenko, for his part, affirms on Telegram that the strike occurred near the Boyko towers, which
slightly hampered Russian gas production in the Ukrainian Black Sea.
The noose is tightening on Sievierodonetsk
Ukraine confirmed on Monday that it had lost control of Metolkine, a village southeast of Sievierodonetsk in the east of the country, a key city in Donbass which Russian forces have been trying to seize after fierce fighting for weeks.
Unfortunately, we no longer control Metolkine, said the governor of the Luhansk region, Sergiï Gaïdaï, in a press release posted on social networks. The village had about 1000 inhabitants before the war.
According to Mr. Gaïdaï, the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, one of the last refuges of the Ukrainian resistance, is bombed
permanently by Russian forces. Hundreds of civilians are still in the factory shelters, he said.
The city’s mayor, Olexander Striouk, meanwhile told Ukrainian television on Monday that the Russian army controls most of the city’s residential areas, largely in ruins after weeks of heavy shelling.
If we talk about the whole city, even more than a third is controlled by our armed forces. The Russians control the resthe specified.
There’s street fighting 24 hours a day.
The Russian army also carried out a push on Sunday on the town of Toshkivka, a small town located south of Lysstchansk, on the west bank of the Donetsk river, reported in the last hours the New York Timesciting Ukrainian officials.
The Ukrainian army managed to contain this Russian push, they argued. If the Russian army managed to break through the Ukrainian defense line, it would be able to get closer to Lyssytchansk, the twin town of Sievierodonetsk. The two towns are the last in the Luhansk region not to be under Russian control.
If Sievierodonetsk were to fall, it would be difficult for the Russian army to launch a ground offensive for Lysytchansk, since it would involve building bridges to cross the Donets, which would make it vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks. The three bridges between Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk were destroyed.
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