Drone crashes into Russian oil refinery in possible attack | Russia

Dramatic footage has emerged from Russia of what appears to be a drone crashing into an oil refinery and setting off a fiery explosion in what could be an attack inside Russia’s borders.

Video shared on social media showed the unmanned aerial vehicle crashing into Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery, Rostov, in what would be an embarrassing penetration of Russia’s air defense systems in its ongoing war in Ukraine. .

Ukraine used drones during the war but did not claim responsibility for the alleged attack.

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Vasily Golubev, the governor of Russia’s Rostov region, appeared to confirm the incident, writing that fragments of two drones were found on the territory of the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery, where a major fire broke out on Wednesday morning .

A video posted on Russian social media showed a drone approaching the oil refinery as workers looked on.

“Do you think it’s Ukrainian?” one asked.

“Of course not,” replied another.

“Where did he go?” he added as the drone disappeared from view.

Moments later, a large explosion rocked the refinery.

“Shit!” shouted the onlookers. As a fire began to rage at the refinery, the unidentified cameraman said in a resigned tone, “That’s what’s up, guys.”

Footage broadcast by Russian state television showed firefighters battling blazes at the oil refinery, which halted production on Wednesday. Authorities said the fire had been brought under control.

A number of bridges and other key infrastructure in Russia’s border regions have suffered damage since the Kremlin launched its new offensive against Ukraine in February. In most cases, Russia has not acknowledged being the victim of sabotage or cross-border attacks that penetrated its defences.

If the attack on the refinery is confirmed, this would indicate that the drone was launched from Russia or that it flew over Russian-controlled territory to reach the refinery, passing through Russian air defense systems in road course.

No one was injured in the incident at the oil refinery, the governor of Rostov said.

However, in a separate incident on Wednesday, four people were killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot in Russia’s Vladimir region after an object “exploded spontaneously during a loading and unloading operation”, it said. a Russian military press service. Three of the victims were soldiers, while another was a civilian specialist.

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