Fire on trapped drilling platforms in the Black Sea visible from space

Last week, a missile strike was carried out on the drilling platforms of Chernomorneftegaz trapped by the Russians. The enemy does not publish photos of the consequences. But satellite images of the American aerospace agency NASA show that a strong fire has formed on the drilling platforms.

Satellite image of the Black Sea water area, which shows a fire on the drilling platforms of Chernomorneftegaz. Photo: June 21, 2022. Source: NASA

For the first time, NASA recorded a fire on June 20, when the Russian authorities accused the Ukrainian military of hitting drilling platforms, which are also called “Boyko towers”. On that day, three fires were recorded in the photographs. On June 21, the fire intensified, and the next day four fires were already visible. 

Three platforms (BK-1, BK-2 and BK-3) are located at the Odessa gas field on the continental shelf of the Black Sea. After the discovery in 2009, the field was developed by Chernomorneftegaz, a subsidiary of the state energy company of Ukraine Neftegaz.

Fire in the Black Sea on June 22, 2022. Source: NASA

The development of this field was carried out in cooperation with the China National Petroleum Corporation, and commercial production began on September 5, 2012. After Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, the platforms were seized by the puppet regime of the peninsula with the support of the Russian military.

The platforms were of strategic importance to the enemy army because long-range radar surveillance facilities were installed there. This gave Russia the opportunity to control the entire territory of the Black Sea along the Ukrainian coast. According to military expert Oleg Zhdanov, the strike on these offshore platforms “deprived the Russian fleet of the ability to control the Black Sea”.

Earlier, astronauts saw the horrors of the war in Ukraine from orbit.

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