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Moment Russian oil refinery explodes after overnight drone strike

Drones attack the Afipsky oil refinery in Russia’s Krasnodar region

The moment a Russian oil refinery close to the Ukrainian border was “engulfed in flames and smoke” in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a drone strike was caught on camera. Footage of the Afipsky oil refinery in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Krai region showed the moment one of the fuel oil distillation units dramatically exploded at around 3am, with emergency services frantically arriving soon after to overcome the flames.

The nearby Ilsky Oil Refinery was also targeted by drones, according to local officials, on Wednesday night, while four Russians were injured in strikes in Belgorod Oblast further north.

A kamikaze drone attacked the Afipsky oil refinery in the Krasnodar Krai region, to the southeast of Crimea across the Kerch Strait, at around 3am, according to Russian state media Telegram channels.

Local governor Veniamin Kondratiev said one of the fuel oil distillation units caught fire after the drone hit, which led to the explosion.

Emergency services quickly localised the fire, which was spread across an area of ​​100 square metres, extinguishing the flames by five am, the fire was extinguished. There were no victims as a result of the incident.

A second oil refinery in the Ilsky region was also attacked overnight though without a fire.

So far, nobody has stepped forward to claim responsibility for these attacks. Ukraine rarely claims responsibility for attacks within Russia or in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine.

But Russian officials and commentators across Telegram have been quick to blame the explosions on Ukrainian actors.

Drone attacks were also reported in several Russian regions on May 27, including the oil unit of the Druzhba pipeline refinery in Russia’s Tver region.

Further north, Governor of Russia’s Belgorod Oblast Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram that the city of Shebekino had been “shelled”. Gladkov said that according to preliminary information, there was one casualty.

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He claimed that residential buildings were damaged by the shelling and that at least four vehicles were on fire.

Belgorod Oblast, which borders Ukraine, recently saw extensive fighting as Russian militia groups that claim to fight alongside Ukraine conducted a successful incursion in the region’s territory.

Russia has concurrently ramped up their long-range strikes on Ukrainian cities, hitting the capital of Kyiv 17 times in May.

Earlier this week, they carried out their first daytime strike on the city, forcing civilians down into the underground shelters while many were at work.

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