Authorities in the breakaway Donetsk Republic have accused Ukrainian forces of destroying four storage tanks and killing one person
Four oil tanks are on fire after Ukrainian forces reportedly shelled the town of Makeyevka in the Donetsk Republic, local authorities reported on Wednesday.
According to the territorial defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one person was killed in the attack and two others injured. However, in a short statement posted to Telegram on Wednesday, local authorities described the information as “preliminary.”
The message also states that each tank can hold up to 5,000 cubic meters of oil. Images and photos released by authorities show a thick column of black smoke rising from the burning oil depot. Territorial Defense Forces advised residents of Donetsk and Makeevka to close their windows and stay indoors.
Ukrainian media Unian also reported on the fire, citing DPR authorities and videos shared on local Telegram channels. According to the report, the oil depot supplied fuel to Russian forces.
In addition to this, Unian mentioned an additional fire in Donetsk, apparently in a warehouse.
The Ukrainian government has so far made no official comment on the attack.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state. The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.