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    Ukraine strikes drilling platforms off Crimea, claims pro-Russian regional head

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The seizure of the platforms and the resources they exploit in 2014 are the subject of a case at the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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Ukraine strikes drilling platforms off Crimea, claims pro-Russian regional head

Ukraine has attacked drilling platforms in the Crimean sector of the Black and Azov seas, the head of the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014, Sergei Aksenov, said on social media on June 20.

“This morning, the drilling platforms of Chornomorneftegaz were attacked. I am in touch with colleagues from the Ministry of Defense and the FSB, we are working on saving people," Aksenov said on its Telegram channel. "Five people were rescued with three of them reported injured. The search for the rest of them continues."

He did not say what weapons were used to strike the facilities. 

Chernomorneftegaz operates drilling platforms at oil and gas fields off the coast of Crimea that previously were under the control of Ukraine. The seizure of the platforms and the resources they exploit when Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014 are the subject of a case at the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration. The court began hearings on the case days before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.