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Ukraine Regains Control of Strategic Black Sea Oil Rigs, Intelligence Service Says

The recapture of the "Boyko Towers" takes Kyiv "many steps closer to regaining Crimea," the Ukrainian intelligence service said.

Ukraine says it has recaptured the "Boyko Towers," oil and gas drilling platforms in the Black Sea that were seized by Russia in 2015.
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Ukrainian forces have regained control of several gas and oil offshore drilling platforms close to Crimea from Russia, Ukraine’s military intelligence, GUR, has said.

In a statement on the Telegram messaging app on Monday, the GUR said that Kyiv’s forces had retaken the drilling platforms known as the “Boyko Towers” in a “unique operation.”

It said the platforms had been occupied since 2015 by Russia, which seized and annexed Crimea in 2014, and had been used by Moscow for military purposes since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion on Ukraine in February 2022.

Russia did not immediately comment on the report. Reuters was unable to independently verify the GUR’s information.

“For Ukraine, regaining control of the Boyko Towers was of strategic importance and, as a result, Russia lost the ability to use them for military purposes,” GUR said.

“Russia has been deprived of the ability to fully control the waters of the Black Sea, and this makes Ukraine many steps closer to regaining Crimea,” it added.

During the operation, GUR said, there was a clash between Ukrainian special forces on boats and a Russian fighter jet, which was damaged and forced to retreat.

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