Ukraine tried to attack offshore platforms of Chernomorneftegaz: the British intelligence named the reason
Ukraine attempted to attack the offshore platforms of Chernomorneftegaz, known as the Boiko Towers. A collision happened near the site last week in which a Russian warplane attempted to hit a Ukrainian small boat.
The importance of the platforms is that they can be used as forward deployment bases and landing sites for helicopters and long-range missile systems, which is why they are now being fiercely fought over. This was stated by the British Ministry of Defense.
The British Ministry of Defense noted the growing tension in the Black Sea, which has resulted in clashes between Ukrainian and Russian Sea and Air Forces around strategically important gas and oil platforms between Crimea and Odesa.
These platforms, known as the Boiko Towers, have been operated by the company Chernomorneftegaz seized by Russia in 2014.
As far back as 2022, Ukraine has struck several Russian-controlled platforms.
"Both Russia and Ukraine have seized them from time to time," Britain's MoD noted.
Last week, a new clash took place near the platforms. That's when a Russian plane tried to fire on a Ukrainian military boat near a platform in the northwestern Black Sea.
"The platforms have valuable hydrocarbon resources. However, like Snake Island in the west, they can also be used as forward deployment bases, places for helicopter landings and the deployment of long-range missile systems," the British MoD explained the strategic importance of the platforms in the war.
Earlier Russia said about the alleged destruction of a Ukrainian military boat near the Boiko Tower, adding a low-quality video. GIU decided to tell a more complete version of the collision and posted a video as a Russian aircraft attacked the boat of the AFU in the Black Sea and received a missile in response. Neither the Ukrainian military nor the boat they were on was hit.
President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed the details of the special operation of the Ukrainian military in the temporarily occupied Crimea on August 24, Independence Day of Ukraine. The defenders of our state landed on the peninsula, eliminated 30 occupants and damaged enemy boats. The group left the Crimea without losses.