Ukraine announced regaining control of marine drilling platforms near Crimea

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Ukrainian military intelligence said on Monday that Ukrainian forces had regained control of offshore platforms for gas and oil exploration near the Crimean Peninsula.

It was reported via Telegram that Kiev forces regained control of excavation platforms known as Boyko Towers from Russia in a “unique mission”.

It noted that Russia, which took control of the peninsula and annexed it to its territory in 2014, seized the platforms in 2015.

Moscow has been using them for military purposes since it began its comprehensive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Russia hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment on the report.

“For Ukraine, regaining control of the Boyko Towers is of strategic importance, and as a result, Russia has lost the ability to use them for military purposes,” the Ukrainian intelligence said in a video posted on Telegram.

The Ukrainian intelligence added, “Russia has been deprived of the ability to fully control the waters of the Black Sea, which brings Ukraine closer to regaining Crimea”.

It was reported that a clash broke out during the operation between Ukrainian special forces on boats and a Russian fighter plane, and that the fighter was damaged and forced to retreat.

It added that it had achieved valuable gains such as helicopter munitions and a radar system capable of tracking ship navigation in the Black Sea.

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