This was announced by InformNapalm, Censor.NET informs.
"The most recent publication dedicated to 'Boiko's rigs' tells about Russia relocating two jack-up drilling rigs - "Petro Hodovanets" and "Ukraina" - from the Odesa accumulation, citing statements of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine dated Dec. 15, 2015. Kyiv court has arrested the property and cited in its decision of Dec. 23, 2015 the information provided by media regarding the rigs' exit. After our publication, experts who monitor boat traffic near annexed Crimea's shore have provided additional information on the take-off of Ukrainian jack-up drilling rigs," the article reads.
Expert and editor-in-chief of BlackSeaNews website Andrii Klymenko has commented on the situation:
"The events occurred a week before the information on the rigs' relocation was published by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine: on Dec. 7-8, 2015. Before towing 'Boiko's rigs' closer to Crimea, they were replace by an old jack-up drilling rig 'Tavryda', towed from Olenivka village in the northwest of Crimea, where the technological base of Russian-stolen "Chornomornaftohaz" is located. The rigs were towed by two latest boats - "Fedor Uriupin" and "Mys Tarhankut."
"After placing 'Tavryda' in place, they towed away jack-up drilling rigs "Petro Hodovanets" and "Ukraina" from the Odesa accumulation and brought them to the Holitsyn accumulation on Dec. 8.
"The rigs' Automatic Identification Systems (AIS, serving for identification of location of boats, their size, heading, and other data - ed.) had been turned off for several months. Recently, they were turned on in "Ukraina" at the location where we supposed it would show up - in the 12-mile maritime belt of Ukraine adjusted to the Crimean peninsula."
Trailers "Fedor Uriupin" and "Mys Tarhankut" were bought by Ukraine together with the new jack-up drilling rigs.
Trailer "Fedor Uriupin"s identification data:
Ship name as reported by AIS: FEDOR URIUPIN IMO: 9443499 MMSI: 273378830 Call Sign: UBTM9 Gross Tonnage: 2921 Deadweight: 2934 t Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 73m × 17m Year Built: 2010
Trailer "Mys Tarkankut"s identification data:
Ship name as reported by AIS: MYS TARHANKUT
MMSI: 273377830 Call Sign: UBTM8 Gross Tonnage: 2921 Deadweight: 2934 t Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 72.5m × 17m Year Built: 2010
Using online services on tracking boats' movement, one can track down the history of the trailers in December 2015, when they towed two jack-up drilling rigs to the Crimean shore.
The track of "Fedor Uriupin" trailer: point 1 - departure point, point 2 - destination point.
The track of "Mys Tarhankut" trailer: point 1 - departure point, point 2 - destination point.
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"Thus, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine belatedly told about the fact of the "Boiko's rigs"' towing on Dec. 14, 2015, while they were in fact towed on Dec. 8, 2015; possibly, the Service is still clarifying exact information on where the rigs are currently located, for there has been no information provided by them since our request. In its turn, the InformNapalm team continues to watch the units that guard the jack-up drilling rigs," the investigation reads, which features soldiers of the 126th Separate brigade of coastal defense of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Information on the 126th Separate brigade of coastal defense:
Address: Crimea, Simferopol district, Perevalne village. Military unit 12676 was formed in 2014 on the base of the Ukrainian 36th Separate brigade of coastal defense (military unit A2320). The unit is commanded by traitor colonel Serhii Ivanovych Storozhenko. The unit comprises several battalions, including motorized rifle battalion, mountain battalion, anti-aircraft battalion, and other battalions and separate companies.
Chevron of the 126th Separate brigade of coastal defense
There is a page dedicated to service in the coastal defense brigade of the military unit 12676, where military complain about their conditions:
- Low wages of about 17-20 thousand rubles ($250);
- No accommodation (cost of lease is about 14,000 RUB, or $178);
- Bad treatment by the command.
In summer 2015 contract soldier of the unit Vasiliy Kaliyev went missing. His relatives have been searching for him.
Starting from summer 2015, Russian contract soldiers have been uploading images confirming that the rigs in question are guarded by this military unit.
Maksim Titov (archived profile page, album, contacts) is from Simferopol; he betrayed his oath to Ukraine, served in 2003-2005, currently wears chevrons of the Russian Federation's coastal defense.
Titov took a picture against the "Ukraina" jack-up drilling rig and made it clear in his comments to the photo, stressing that the rig was 190 km from the Crimea's shore as of May 25, 2015.
Ruben Sogomonyan (archived profile page, album, contacts) was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia; serves together with Titov, they have photos together, including against the rig at the background.
Vladimir Gildebrandt (archived profile page, album, contacts) is from Barnaul, Russia; used to serve in military unit 41659 of the 35th separate motorized brigade of Aleysk; became contract soldier of the Crimea's coastal defense brigade in 2015.
Gildebrandt has several photos taken at the "Boiko rigs" in his album ( 1, 2, 3, 4).
At one of the images, a trailer is seen at the background.
The images are being uploaded regularly, once a month, which means the military guard the rigs and replace each other, which is evidenced by commentaries to the photos.
Gildebrandt's partner and commentator of the photos is Vitaliy Kim from Krasnoperekopsk, Crimea, who also confirmed his association with the 12676's brigade on his social media profile.
In December 2015, another soldier Alexey Grinevich uploaded his image from the rig; he wore a chevron of the coastal defense brigade (archived profile page, album, contacts).
"Let us note that trailers "Mys Tarhankut" and "Fedor Uriupin" are also figurants of the criminal case against former leadership of Naftohaz for the embezzlement of $50 million while purchasing them. The trailers were bought with Ukrainian budget funds and were worth $120 million. The court granted temporary access to Naftohaz's documents to the investigative group on Oct. 21, 2015," the authors of the investigation note.
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