Oil depot in Russia hit by Ukrainian drones

(Kyiv) An oil depot in the Russian region of Kursk, bordering Ukraine, was in flames on Wednesday following a Ukrainian drone attack, a type of operation that has become increasingly frequent after two years of war .

For its part, the Ukrainian air force said it had destroyed 38 of the 42 explosive drones launched by Russia overnight during an attack on around ten regions of Ukraine which left at least seven injured.

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, in southern Russia, for the first time since October 2022.

For several months, part of Kyiv’s military strategy has consisted of attacking its adversary’s rear lines, far from the front, a means of disrupting the logistics of the Russian army which supplies its troops with ammunition and fuel via the border regions. .

“A Ukrainian drone attack in the Zheleznogorskiy district today caused a fire in a fuel and lubricants depot,” the governor of the Russian Kursk region, Roman Starovoit, said on Telegram on Wednesday.

“A fuel tank is on fire, there are no victims,” he added.

Videos published on social networks show at least one damaged tank from which imposing flames and black smoke gush.

A few minutes later, Mr. Starovoit affirmed that a “second Ukrainian drone” “hit” the oil depot, assuring that there again, the attack had “no casualties” and that “the anti-aircraft defense is working “.

According to the Russian agency TASS, the deposit belongs to the Varitchev mining group, which is part of the Metalloinvest steel company, founded by oligarch Alisher Usmanov.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not comment on this attack, as usual, but claimed to have destroyed three Ukrainian drones during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, two above the Voronezh region and another above of the Belgorod region, both bordering Ukraine.

These attacks did not cause any casualties, according to this source.

Since the start of the Russian assault in Ukraine in February 2022, Russian territory has been regularly hit by strikes attributed to Kyiv which, in recent weeks, particularly target oil depots and refineries.

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For its part, the Ukrainian Air Force claimed on Wednesday to have destroyed 38 drones out of 42 launched by Russia during a night attack on around ten regions of Ukraine, which left at least seven injured.

“The occupying forces attacked with five S-300 guided missiles (…) and 42 “Shahed” missiles,” the Air Force said, referring to the Iranian-made explosive drones used by Moscow.

“Thirty-eight “Shahed” were destroyed” by the anti-aircraft defense, said the air force, which however did not mention the destruction of missiles.

A strike notably hit the town of Sumy (North-East) where seven people were injured, including a 10-year-old boy, according to the prosecutor general’s office.

This attack comes the day after Ukraine claimed responsibility for the destruction of a Russian warship near the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014.

Russian forces, who have gained ground in recent weeks in Donbass (East), target regions and towns in Ukraine far from the front almost daily in attacks with explosive drones and guided missiles.

At the same time, the director of the IAEA Rafael Grossi is in the seaside resort of Sochi in Russia on Wednesday to speak with Vladimir Putin and Alexeï Likhachiov, the head of the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom.

At the end of February, the Russian president brandished a “real threat” of nuclear war in the event of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

Furthermore, the Kremlin said on Wednesday that it “does not recognize” the arrest warrants issued the day before by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against two senior Russian officers accused of war crimes linked to bombings in Ukraine at the end 2022 and early 2023.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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