Two unmanned aircraft coming from its direction Of Ukraine hit one large refinery near the border, the refinery said, causing a fireball and a cloud of black smoke to rise into the sky, forcing the plant to shut down.
Russia, which borders Ukraine, has said it has come under heavy attack and bombing since Moscow sent troops to its former Soviet neighbor on February 24, calling it a “special military operation.”
The Novosakhtinsk refinery in the Rostov region announced that it received the first attack of an unmanned aircraft at 08:40 Greek time, which hit a crude oil refinery, causing an explosion and a fireball.
The second attack took place at 09:23 Greek time, hitting the crude oil tanks of the refinery, which is the largest supplier of petroleum products in southern Russia, but did not cause any fire or injuries, the refinery said.
“As a result of terrorist acts from the western border of the Rostov region, two unidentified flying devices hit the Novochadinsk technology facility,” the refinery said in a statement, adding that assess the damage “.
Rostov-on-Don Governor Vassily Golubev said the refinery had been shut down and that parts of the two drones had been found at the refinery site.
A video posted on social media shows an unmanned aircraft flying in the direction of the refinery, which is located just 8 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, before a large fireball was formed, causing shouts from those close to the camera.
The refinery has a capacity of 7.5 million tons per year and started operating in 2009.
Russia’s energy ministry has said the fire did not affect gasoline and diesel supplies to consumers in southern Russia.
Russia is also investigating the cause of a large fire that broke out at an oil storage facility in the city of Bryansk, 154 kilometers northeast of the border with Ukraine, in late April.