Fire at Russian oil refinery after alleged drone attack (VIDEO)
It took place in Rostov, a region just outside the Ukrainian border.
A fire broke out at an oil refinery in southern Russia’s Rostov Region on Wednesday after it was allegedly hit by a Ukrainian drone.
A fire broke out at Novoshakhtinsky Oil Refinery. It affected an area measuring 50 square meters. However, it was quickly contained, emergency personnel said. The emergency services added that no one was hurt or killed.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been officially announced, but unconfirmed footage suggests it was caused by a drone crashing into the facility.
The UAV approached the refinery at high speed and crashed into it. A clip was uploaded to social networks. A large explosion followed, and the fire started immediately.
According to the shape of this drone, it is a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2, a popular model used extensively by Ukraine during its war with Russia. Unfortunately, the quality of the footage makes it hard to verify which type of aircraft this is.
The refinery is located some 10km from the border controlled by the People’s Republic of Lugansk forces.
Ukraine’s military has have carried out numerous attacks within southern Russia, mainly in the Belgorod and Bryansk Regions, since Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February.
These strikes targeted infrastructure, including residential areas and oil facilities, and resulted in many civilian deaths.