Ukraine blamed for revenge airstrike on major Russian fuel depot

Ukraine was accused of bombing a massive oil depot in Russia on Friday, the first reported revenge airstrike on enemy soil after coming under near-constant shelling for 37 days of war.

Videos showed a burst of rockets piercing the night sky over Belgorod around 6 a.m. – then a huge fire raging in the storage depot in the Russian town about 21 miles from the Ukrainian border.

“The fire at the oil depot occurred as a result of an airstrike by two helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which entered the territory of Russia at low altitude,” wrote the governor of the Belgorod region , Vyacheslav Gladkov, on Telegram.

Ukraine did not immediately acknowledge the accusation – which the Kremlin said could hamper peace talks between the nations, which were due to continue on Friday.

“Of course, this is not something that can be perceived as creating comfortable conditions for further negotiations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse.

Videos show a huge fire raging in the Belgorod storage depot.

Governor Gladkov initially said two employees were injured, but in an update he said “there are no casualties”. Russian energy giant Rosneft, which owns the facility, also said there were no injuries.

All workers were quickly evacuated and at least 170 rescuers were battling the blaze, the company and local officials said.

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The Kremlin has warned that alleged attacks from Ukraine could hamper peace talks between the nations, which were due to continue on Friday.
Pavel Kolyadin/BelPressa/Handout via REUTERS

Belgorod residents quickly rushed to gas stations, forming huge queues, the regional governor said, while insisting that “there are no fuel problems in the region and that there will never be”.

Russia has previously reported bombings from Ukraine, including an incident last week that killed a military chaplain, but not an incursion of its airspace.

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Russian energy giant Rosneft, which owns the facility, also said there were no injuries.
Belgorod region branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry/TASS

Ukrainian authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The strike came after Ukraine’s Defense Ministry posted a video on social media claiming to announce Oscar-style awards for its military achievements.

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Ukraine did not immediately admit the charge of bombing the depot.

Best Picture was given to the video of the Russian warship that exploded the Orsk as it brought military supplies into battle, while the best cinematography was for “A Stinger’s Kiss”, with footage of a downed Russian helicopter.

Friday’s alleged airstrike also came as Ukraine claimed Russian troops had been forced out of the heavily contaminated Chernobyl nuclear site.

Ukraine’s state-owned electricity company, Energoatom, said the Chernobyl pullout came after soldiers received ‘significant doses’ of radiation while digging trenches in the forest in the exclusion zone around the closed power plant . The International Atomic Energy Agency said it could not independently confirm the exposure claim.

Ukrainian forces also recaptured Sloboda and Lukashivka, two villages along a main supply route between the besieged northern city of Chernihiv and the capital kyiv, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

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Ukraine has been under attack for almost 40 days.

With post wires

New York Post

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