Ukraine’s army intelligence service mentioned its forces regained management of a number of drilling platforms within the Black Sea that had been utilized by Russia for stationing helicopters and radar exercise.
Particular forces items seized a stockpile of helicopter ammunition and a Neva radar system used to trace naval actions from the platforms off Crimea’s coast, the Protection Ministry’s GUR spy company mentioned in a press release on Monday. A Russian Su-30 fighter jet that engaged with Ukrainian forces on boats was broken and retreated, GUR mentioned.
The company mentioned intelligence items carried out a “distinctive operation” to retake the Petro Godovenets and Ukraina drilling platforms, in addition to the Tavryda and Syvash amenities. Russia’s Protection Ministry has made no point out of the operation.
Ukraine has cited sluggish advances on the southern entrance in current weeks, with the army looking for to interrupt Russian defensive strains and recapture territory. Final month, Ukrainian commandos staged a raid in Russian-occupied Crimea — a symbolic operation on Ukraine’s Aug. 24 Independence Day — in an effort to showcase assaults behind entrance strains.
The drilling platforms had been bought and put in in 2011 in space across the Odesa fuel area, supposed to be a part of Ukraine’s oil-and-gas manufacturing infrastructure. Russia occupied them in 2015, a yr after annexing Crimea from Ukraine, and relocated them nearer to the peninsula.