Russia has warned that the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery, in the south of the country, was hit by a drone attack from Ukraine, which caused a fire in the plant.
“As a result of terrorist actions from the western border of the Rostov region, two unmanned aerial vehicles attacked the plant’s technical facilities,” the refinery explained in a statement, according to the TASS agency.
Ukraine attacks a Novoshakhtinsky refinery in Rostov, Russia. There are no victims. It is not the first attack on Russian soil by the way. pic.twitter.com/ZLvv0v6cAF
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The refinery is located in the Rostov region, started after two Ukrainian drones were seen over the plant, TASS quoted an unnamed source from local authorities.
“One of them impacted and crashed into a heat transfer unit, after which the flames started. The second flew the source told TASS.
Rostov region governor Vasily Golubev earlier said drone fragments had been found at the site, but did not specify where they might have come from.
In the Krasnosulinsky district of the Rostov region, a Ukrainian drone crashed into the Novoshakhtinsky oil refinery, causing a heavy fire at the enterprise. pic.twitter.com/yvjmL0HEH2
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The local emergency service said the fire has been put out, the Interfax news agency reported.
Videos shared on social media showed drones flying over the plant shortly before the explosion occurred.
Russia has repeatedly accused Kyiv of launching attacks near the border, which have intensified in recent months with the Russian aggression in Ukraine, which began in late February.
The fire comes days after Moscow accused Ukraine of firing at Black Sea drilling rigs off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea.