One of the largest oil refineries in southern Russia said it was hit by a Ukrainian drone attack on Wednesday, causing a massive fire.
Footage posted on social media showed a drone flying towards the Novoshakhtinsk refinery in the Rostov region five kilometers from the Ukrainian border before one of its facilities caught fire.
“Following terrorist actions from the western border of the Rostov region, two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) attacked the technical facilities” of the plant, the Novoshakhtinsk refinery said in a statement.
He added that as a result “an explosion occurred, starting a fire”.
The governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev, said earlier that fragments of two drones were later found on the territory of the refinery.
He added that work at the refinery has been suspended for an investigation and confirmed that there were no injuries in the incident.
“Employees noticed a Ukrainian drone. It crashed into the factory structures, after which there was an explosion and a fire,” state news agency TASS said. cited said an unnamed regional official.
The regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry had reported that the fire broke out around 9:25 a.m. Moscow time and was extinguished within an hour and a half.
He did not reveal the cause of the fire.
The Novochakhtinsk refinery is said to be one of the largest in southern Russia with a capacity of up to 7.5 million tonnes per year.
The latest attack follows explosions and a fire at the key Transneft-Druzhba oil depot in the Russian region of Bryansk less than 100 kilometers from the Ukrainian border in April.
Missile strikes on Russian territory became more common after Moscow’s forces withdrew from Kyiv in late March and the counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces approached the Russian border.
Several border regions have raised their terrorist threat level in response to the attacks.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attacks on Russian territory but has not formally denied being the instigator either.
AFP contributed reporting.