War in Ukraine, day 769 | Drone attack on a Russian industrial site 1000 km from Ukraine

(Moscow) A drone attack targeted an industrial site in Tatarstan on Tuesday and injured two people, said the authorities of this Russian region located more than 1,000 kilometers from Ukraine.

A source within the Ukrainian defense sector, interviewed by AFP, affirmed that it “was an operation of the GUR”, the Ukrainian military intelligence which has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks of this type in the past. against Russian factories or refineries.

Russia, which has been bombing Ukrainian cities daily for two years, is faced with strikes coming from Ukraine on its border, but it also faces operations organized on Russian territory.

The Russian security services (FSB) have, in recent weeks, increased the arrests of Russian nationals accused of preparing attacks on behalf of Kyiv or anti-Kremlin organizations fighting on the Ukrainian side.

“An aerial drone attack was carried out this morning against Tatarstan factories located in Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk,” the press service of Tatarstan’s leader Rustam Minnikhanov said in a statement on Telegram.

The attack “did not cause serious damage, the technological process of the companies was not disrupted”, assures the press release, without specifying which factories were targeted.

“In Yelabuga, there are unfortunately some injured,” he stressed.

It was the Alabouga special economic zone (SEZ), located about ten kilometers from the city of Yelabouga, which was targeted around 10:45 p.m. (Eastern time) and where there were two injured, according to the press service of the SEZ.

This area has factories and companies, specializing in the production of chemicals, mechanics and metal processing.

According to the source within the Ukrainian defense sector interviewed by AFP, the strike targeted a drone assembly site.

“It was a GUR operation, an attack by Ukrainian drones on a company assembling Shahed drones. Significant damage was inflicted on the site,” said this source, without specifying whether the attack was launched from Russian or Ukrainian territory.

The other targeted site, in Nizhnekamsk, is a major oil refinery. According to local authorities, the drone was neutralized by an electronic jamming system and its fall caused no injuries or damage.

Drone attacks targeting Russian energy sites have increased in recent months, causing major fires, particularly in refineries.

Kyiv had promised to bring the fighting to Russian soil in retaliation for the numerous bombings of its territory.

Russia intensified its strikes on Ukrainian energy networks in the spring, leading to electricity cuts and rationing which affected hundreds of thousands of civilians.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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