A significant fire has erupted at a major oil storage depot in southern Russia, reportedly due to a Ukrainian drone strike.
According to Russian sources, four oil tanks ignited, resulting in a fire spreading across a 1,000 sq m area. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, as confirmed by the authorities in the Bryansk region.
The Bryansk governor revealed that the drone was intercepted near Klintsy, and its explosives inadvertently fell on the oil depot, causing the blaze.
This incident marks the second drone attack on Russian oil facilities in as many days, following an unprecedented strike on a crucial oil loading terminal in St Petersburg.
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While Russian reports claim that the drone in the St Petersburg attack was successfully neutralized without causing damage, there are indications from Kyiv that this recent strike represents a new strategic phase, given its considerable distance from the Ukrainian border.
Ukraine’s Strategic Industries Minister, Oleksandr Kamyshin, acknowledged the operation, stating, “Yes, last night we hit the target. This thing crossed 1,250km (776 miles) last night.”
The latest drone attack adds to the escalating tensions and underscores the evolving nature of the conflict.