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The head of Moscow-controlled Crimea said three people were injured and seven were missing after Ukraine fired on Black Sea oil drilling rigs.
The governor of Moscow-controlled Crimea said three people were injured and seven were missing after Ukraine fired on three oil drilling rigs in the Black Sea, on the peninsula annexed to Russia.
“We confirm that there are three injured and seven missing. We guarantee that the search will continue,” Governor Sergey Aksyonov said on Telegram on Monday, referring to the platforms of Crimea-based oil and gas company Chernomorneftegaz.
This is the first reported attack against Crimea’s offshore energy infrastructure since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Aksyonov, installed by Russia as governor of the peninsula after Moscow’s annexation in 2014, had previously said five people were injured in the attack before reviewing casualty figures.
He said three platforms were attacked, prompting the evacuation of 94 people from the sites, while 15 soldiers remained to guard them.
A search and rescue operation continues by air and sea, he said.
Chernomorneftegaz, sanctioned by the United States since 2014, operates several oil and gas fields in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.
Aksyonov said one platform was hit, and Olga Kovitidi, a Russian senator from Crimea, told RIA Novosti news agency that there were no casualties on the other two platforms that were targeted in the attack.
The Ukrainian military said a food warehouse in the Black Sea port of Odesa was destroyed in a Russian missile attack, but no civilians were killed.
The city has been under sporadic bombing since the beginning of the war and is blocked by the Russian navy, while each side accuses the other of laying mines in the sea.
Ukraine’s “Southern” Operational Command said Russian forces fired 14 missiles into southern Ukraine during a three-hour barrage “in impotent anger at the success of our troops”.
Russia’s military did not immediately comment on the reports.
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