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Ukrainian drone assault on oil depot inside Russia causes a large blaze, officers say

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Ukrainian troopers journey in an armoured infantry preventing automobile. Photo used for illustration objective solely.
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A Ukrainian drone struck an oil storage depot in western Russia on January 19, inflicting a large blaze, officers mentioned, as Kyiv’s forces apparently prolonged their assaults on Russian soil forward of the warfare’s two-year anniversary.

Four oil reservoirs with a complete capability of 6,000 cubic meters (1.6 million gallons) have been set on hearth after the drone reached Klintsy, a metropolis of some 70,000 individuals positioned about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the Ukrainian border, in response to the native governor and state information company Tass.

The strike apparently was the newest in a not too long ago intensified effort by Ukraine to unnerve Russians and undermine President Vladimir Putin’s claims that life in Russia is occurring as regular earlier than its March 17 presidential election.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed to hit extra targets inside Russian border areas this yr. Russia’s air defenses are concentrated in occupied areas of Ukraine, Kyiv officers say, leaving extra distant targets inside Russia extra weak as Ukrainian forces develop longer-range drones.

The Russian metropolis of Belgorod, additionally close to the Ukrainian border, canceled its conventional Orthodox Epiphany festivities on Friday because of the menace of Ukrainian drone strikes. It was the primary time main public occasions have been recognized to have been referred to as off in Russia because of the drone menace.

Ukrainian nationwide media, quoting an official in Ukraine’s Intelligence Service, mentioned Ukrainian drones on Friday additionally attacked a gunpowder mill in Tambov, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Moscow.

But Tambov Gov. Maxim Yegorov mentioned the plant was working usually, in response to Russia’s RBC information outlet. The Mash information outlet had earlier reported {that a} Ukrainian drone fell on the plant’s premises Thursday however precipitated no injury.

In Klintsy, air defenses electronically jammed the drone but it surely dropped its explosive payload on the power, Bryansk regional Gov. Alexander Bogomaz mentioned. There have been no casualties, he mentioned.

Russian telegram channels shared movies of what they mentioned was the blaze on the depot, which despatched thick black plumes of smoke into the air.

The identical depot was struck by a Ukrainian drone in May final yr, however the injury apparently was much less vital.

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