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Russian refinery says it was attacked by drones from Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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The attack, unconfirmed by kyiv, hit the Novochakhtinski oil products factory in the Rostov region. Its operations are now suspended, says the governor, Vasily Golubev.

According to the factory, the first drone struck at 1:40 a.m. EDT, causing an explosion. A second attack took place about 45 minutes later, targeting an oil depot and causing material damage, but no explosion.

Two drones attacked technological equipment at the Novochakhtinsky Petroleum Products Plant, which caused an explosion followed by a fire. »

A quote from Press release from the Novochakhtinsky plant

The factory management did not specifically blame the Ukrainian forces, but denounced terrorist acts coming from the western borderlocated about 10 kilometers to the west.

A video posted on social networks, the authenticity of which could not be immediately verified, shows a drone flying over an industrial area shortly before an explosion accompanied by a ball of fire.

According to Governor Goloubev, the fire started by the first attack was extinguished at the end of the morning, but the refinery will remain shut down for an indefinite period, while the damage is assessed.

Of the fragments belonging to two drones were discovered on the site, he also announced in a message on Telegram, which would mean that the devices crashed on the site, voluntarily or not.

Russia’s Energy Ministry says the fire has no impact on supplies of petroleum products in the south of the country.

The Novochakhtinsky plant, which can refine 7.5 million tons of crude oil each year, presents itself on its website as the largest supplier of petroleum products in southern Russia.

Our file War in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, several drone attacks have been reported in the western regions of Russia. Moscow imputes them to kyiv, which never confirms being the author.

Last month, the governor of the Kursk region claimed that one person died in a Ukrainian strike on a border village.

And in early April, the governor of the Belgorod border region accused Ukraine of carrying out an attack on a fuel depot with two helicopters.

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