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Ukraine claims its drones hit a Russian oil facility, sparking an enormous blaze

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Members of the Russian emergencies ministry work to extinguish fireplace at an oil storage tank after an alleged drone assault within the city of Azov within the southern area of Rostov, Russia, June 18, 2024, on this nonetheless picture taken from video.
| Photo Credit: VIA REUTERS

Ukraine claimed duty on Tuesday for an in a single day drone assault on a Russian oil facility that began an enormous blaze within the newest long-range strike by Kyiv’s forces on a border area.

Ukraine has in latest months stepped up aerial assaults on Russian soil, concentrating on refineries and oil terminals in an effort to decelerate the Kremlin’s struggle machine. Moscow’s military is urgent onerous alongside the entrance line in jap Ukraine, the place a scarcity of troops and ammunition within the third yr of struggle has made defenders susceptible.

The assault set fireplace to an oil reservoir in Russia’s Rostov area and greater than 200 firefighters have been on the scene, in response to Rostov Gov. Vasily Golubev.

The blaze lined an space of 5,000 sq. meters (55,000 sq. toes) however there have been no casualties, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry stated.

A Ukrainian official, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to offer the knowledge to the media, stated the assault was a particular operation of Ukraine’s Security Service, generally known as SBU. The drones focused two Rostov oil depots which have 22 oil reservoirs, the official stated.

It was not doable to independently verify the declare.

Kyiv officers usually decline remark about assaults on Russian territory, although they often refer obliquely to them.

Ukrainian drone builders have been extending the weapons’ vary for months, as Kyiv makes an attempt to compensate for its battlefield drawback. The unmanned aerial automobiles are additionally an reasonably priced choice whereas Ukraine waits for the arrival of extra Western navy support.

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