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Russia oil depot explosion: Thick smoke rises as huge fire guts facility near Ukraine

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The fire began in the early hours of Friday morning near the border with Ukraine, Russian officials have announced. The depot caught fire in the Russian city of Belgorod, just 25 miles from the border with Ukraine, Governor of the Belgorod Region Vyacheslav Gladkov revealed.

Russia Governor Gladkov has announced emergency services are currently on the scene tackling the fire.

The Governor vowed to release more information about the situation shortly.

He said on his telegram channel: “There was a fire at the oil depot in the city of Belgorod.

“All emergency services are on site. Measures are being taken to eliminate it.

“Details about the causes and victims, if they are, I will report a little later.”

According to the Governor, two people were injured in the fire.

However, the reason for the fire has not yet been revealed.

The largest Eastern European media Nexta reported nearby residents are being evacuated.

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