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Another fire at a Russian oil refinery: one storage tank after another ignites | News

Another fire broke out on Friday at an oil refinery in the town of Elsky, near the city of Krasnodar in southern Russia. This is already the second day in a row, because yesterday a storage tank caught fire after a drone attack. In recent days, one oil depot after another has caught fire in southern Russia. This may have something to do with preparations for the long-awaited spring offensive in Ukraine.


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look. Another fire at an oil refinery in southern Russia

Russia’s state news agency TASS reported the fire on Friday. There were no injuries. Krasnodar is located close to the border with Ukraine, on the other side of the Sea of ​​Azov. Much of the oil industry is located in the region.

According to the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the outbreak of fire will be spontaneous since the previous day. However, other sources, such as the state news agency TASS and Reuters, reported that the fire was caused by a new drone attack.

A day after a fire destroyed a storage tank at an oil refinery near Krasnodar, another fire broke out. © RV

On the night from Wednesday to Thursday, a storage tank at the Elski refinery caught fire. Emergency services managed to put out the fire in about two hours, according to Russia’s state news agency TASS. She herself stated that the refinery was able to continue operating normally without too much of a hitch.

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, a storage tank at the same refinery caught fire.
On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, a storage tank at the same refinery caught fire. © ANP / EPA

A refinery near the village of Kiselivka in the Rostov region was also attacked by a drone yesterday. It caused an explosion and fire. According to the local governor, there were no casualties and there would be no damage.

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Also on Thursday, Russian telegram channels reported a drone attack on an oil refinery in Novosgatinsk, near the border with Ukraine. There is also talk of a possible attack on a fuel depot in Stavropol, between Ukraine and Georgia. There is no official information yet on the cause of the fire.

A fire near Krimbrug

According to the TASS agency, a drone fell on Tuesday evening in the town of Volna and caused a major fire in an oil storage tank. Volna is located at the end of the bridge across the Kerch Strait, which connects Russia to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

People watch smoke rising from an oil depot in Volna.
People watch smoke rising from an oil depot in Volna. © Reuters

On Saturday, April 29, several fuel tanks caught fire in the port city of Sevastopol, in the Russian-annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. This fire could have been the result of drone strikes. According to Ukrainian military intelligence, at least ten oil tanks were destroyed in an area of ​​about 1,000 square metres.

look. A fuel tank exploded in Crimea after a drone attack

None of those attacks have been confirmed by the Ukrainian military, but Kiev has never claimed responsibility for attacks in Russia or in Russian-occupied territories.

sabotage trains

In addition, two Russian trains were targeted. One of the trains derailed on Monday and caught fire after an explosion occurred on the track between Bryansk and Unicea, close to the border with Ukraine.

A day later, another Russian freight train derailed just outside Bryansk after an explosion. Local authorities said there were no injuries anywhere.

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