During monitoring in the early December, the armed people were observed at the gas platforms, illegally annexed by Russia and operating in the Black Sea, according to Major-General Victor Babyuk, the Chief of Staff of the Southern Regional Directorate of State Border Service of Ukraine.
“A coast guard ship "Gregory Kuropyatnikov" observed two jack-up drilling rigs "Tauris" and "Ukraine", 65 miles south of Odessa, captured by Russia during the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Violating the international rules of navigation, the crew and the others present on the platforms (including gunmen) did not respond to the repeated requests of Ukrainian border guards who transmitted on conventional radio channel ... According to the UN Convention there should be no armed people on civilian vessels, which the platforms are,” Major- General said.
December 1, Ukrainian coast guard vessel "Gregory Kuropyatnikov" went to the sea for monitoring of illegal gas extraction at the rigs in the Black Sea annexed by Russia, but it was blocked by the Russian warship "Pytlivyi", whose maneuver created a potentially hazardous collision situation.