The strikes were distributed among the three towers.
The first tower received the most massive blows. There were 12 people on the platform, 5 people were injured, and it is not known where the rest of the people are.
It should be noted that these strikes did not affect the gas supply in Crimea.
Even in the absence of towers, there is a gas pipeline from the mainland to Crimea, which is capable of supplying about 4 billion cubic meters of gas.
Olga Kovitidi, a member of the Federation Council from Crimea, commented on the situation:
“At 08:37 the first strike was made on the first platform. There are 12 working people there, five were evacuated. The gas from the pipes was dumped. Production is temporarily suspended. There were no catastrophic consequences, which could have been,” she said.
- Kovitidi specified that the blow hit the platforms, located on the Odesskoye field, 71 kilometers from Odessa.
- Platform BK-1 suffered the greatest damage, platforms BK-2 and BK-3 suffered no damage – only the tops of the rigs were “cut off”.
Earlier, Crimean MP Mikhail Sheremet said that the strike on the Chornomornaftogaz platforms by Ukraine should be regarded as a terrorist act. Sheremet suggested that it could have been Western missiles imported to Ukraine.
The other two platforms were damaged, but there were no human casualties.
All workers were evacuated from the two towers.
- These platforms belong to Chernomorneftegaz.
The company produces hydrocarbons on the shelf of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea and partially on the peninsula itself, is engaged in exploration and development of oil and gas fields, and provides production, transportation, and storage of natural gas and oil products. Company officials said that the situation will be stabilized soon.
The head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov noted that at the moment 15 military personnel are patrolling the operating drilling platforms. Also, the information about the number of wounded was corrected.
Three people were wounded, not five – one had shrapnel wounds, two more had burned.
Seven people are missing.
- However, the search for people will continue until rescuers gather detailed information about the incident.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has already opened a criminal case over the attack by Ukrainian troops on the oil drilling platforms of Chernomorneftegaz of the Odesa field, located in the Black Sea. Authorities will find out information about the Ukrainian military who carried out the strikes, and investigators will also establish the manufacturer of the missiles.