State Border Guard Service: Russia installed drilling rigs in Ukraine

Ukrainian State border guard officers recorded evidence of Russian gas drilling platforms in the Ukrainian maritime economic zone, the press service of the Agency reported.

”While monitoring the sea surface from the air, the employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine registered Russian self-elevating drilling offshore platforms, fixed platforms and supply vessels in the Odessa and Holitsynske gas fields,” the report says.

The presence of supply vessels under the Russian flag on the territory of gas fields may indicate the continuation of illegal exploration, production of natural resources and also operation of facilities and construction for commercial purposes without the permission of the relevant Ukrainian authorities, the Agency noted.

The State Border Guard Service (SBGS) informed the relevant Ukrainian authorities. In response to a question of Ukrayinska Pravda, the press service of SBGS added that these drilling rigs have been there since December 2015 and today’s report is another confirmation of this fact.

  Ukraine, Russia, Gas