Oil refinery fire – illustrative photo.
Moscow – A fire broke out in the area of an oil warehouse in the southern Russian port city of Tuapse overnight today. According to Russian media, this happened as a result of an attack by drones. This was reported today by the Russian edition of the BBC server, according to which incidents with drones were also reported by a number of other Russian administrative units, including authorities from around Moscow. The BBC described today's drone strikes as massive and emphasized that it was the largest such event since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She pointed out that it was the first time that an enemy drone flew as far as the Moscow region.
Kiev did not comment on today's incidents, but previously described similar attacks on Russian territory as the action of “karma” at a time when Russia is waging a war against Ukraine.
A fire broke out in an outbuilding in Tuapsa in the south of Russia around two o'clock in the morning and affected an area of 200 square meters. After about an hour, it was extinguished. The fire did not lead to any serious consequences, local authorities said.
Telegram channels Astra and Baza, referring to the reports of local residents, wrote that two explosions shook the area of the oil warehouse within a few seconds. The RIA Novosti agency, citing emergency services, wrote that a drone was spotted near an oil depot in Tuapse. The Russian Defense Ministry later issued a statement accusing Ukraine of attempting to attack Russian “civilian infrastructure in the Krasnodar region, where Tuapse is located, and the adjacent Republic of Adygea” with drones.
The head of the Republic of Adygea, which is part of Russia federation, Murat Kumpilov said this morning that around two o'clock in the morning an explosion was recorded near the village of Novyj in this autonomous region. According to Kumpilov, an unidentified flying object fell there. The rescuers found two craters with a diameter of about two meters at the impact site.
The Moscow region also reported the drone incident today. According to Governor Andrey Vorobyov, the unmanned vehicle landed near the city of Kolomna on a civil infrastructure object, while there was no damage and no one was injured. RIA Novosti reported that the drone was shot down near a gas pipeline compression station.
According to the BBC, the attack in the Moscow region suggests that Moscow itself, with its government buildings, could become a potential target. According to the station, today's incident in the vicinity of the capital will certainly put pressure on the psyche of local residents.
Last night, the Russian authorities also announced the discovery of the wreckage of three drones in Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine. “There were no casualties, but there was damage: windows were broken somewhere, cars were slightly damaged,” said Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov. The mayor of Belgorod, Valentin Demidov, said that one of the drones flew into the window of the apartment.
The governor of the Bryansk region, which also borders Ukraine, Alexander Bogomaz, said this morning that the Ukrainian drone was shot down over the Surazh district near the border with Belarus . According to Bogomaza, it did not cause any casualties or damage.
Air traffic over the second largest city of St. Petersburg had to be temporarily suspended this morning after an unidentified flying object was spotted, RIA Novosti reported. The Ministry of Defense later explained the airspace closure as an air defense exercise. On Sunday, according to the Belarusian opposition, a Russian A-50 early warning military aircraft was damaged by a drone at an airport in Belarus.