Drone attack may have caused Russia refinery fire near Ukraine -governor

Drone attack may have caused Russia refinery fire near Ukraine -governor

  • Fire broke out Wednesday morning
  • Blaze has been turned off
  • Russia investigates attacks on its oil facilities
  • This content was produced in Russia, where coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine is restricted by law.

MOSCOW, June 22 (Reuters) – The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov region, bordering Ukraine, suspended operations on Wednesday after what may have been a drone attack, regional governor Vasily Golubev said in a statement. social networks.

He said that a fire had broken out in the refinery’s vacuum unit and that fragments of two drones had been found on the refinery’s territory.

Golubev added that the fire had been put out and no one was injured. An investigation was underway.

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Social media footage showed a drone flying towards the refinery, located just 8 km (5 miles) from the Ukrainian border, before a large ball of fire and black smoke rose into the summer sky.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the reports or videos on social media. Plant spokesmen could not be reached for immediate comment.

The refinery has an annual capacity of up to 7.5 million tons and began operations in 2009.

Russia is also investigating the cause of a huge fire that broke out at an oil storage facility in the city of Bryansk, 154 km (96 miles) northeast of the Ukrainian border, in late April.

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