Units of the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate conducted a special raid and regained control of the gas and oil rigs located off the coast of occupied Crimea in the Black Sea.
“In particular, the Petro Hodovalets and Ukraina drilling platforms, as well as the Tavrida and Syvash rigs, were brought back under control,” the statement says. During the operation, the Ukrainian units managed to seize valuable trophies: a stock of NAR-type helicopter munitions [unguided aerial missiles], as well as the Neva radar, which can track maritime navigation in the Black Sea.
During one of the phases of the operation, a battle took place between Ukrainian special operations forces manning small boats and a russian Su-30 fighter jet. As a result of the engagement, the russian warplane was damaged and forced to retreat.
The rigs were occupied by russia in 2015, and with the beginning of the full-scale invasion used them for military purposes.