Oil refinery fire – illustrative photo.
Moscow – A number of Russian regions, including the Moscow region, reported drone strikes today. A fire broke out in the area of an oil warehouse in the southern Russian port city of Tuapse on the night of today, which, according to Russian media, was caused by an attack by drones. In the evening, the media, referring to social networks, wrote about the explosions at the Yeysk air base in the south of Russia. The Russian edition of the BBC described today's drone strikes as massive and said it was the largest such event since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Kyiv has not commented on today's incidents, but it can be assumed that the Ukrainian armed forces are behind the attacks, the BBC noted. Ukraine has been resisting Russian military aggression for more than a year.
One of the first was news of a fire in an industrial building in Tuapse in the south of Russia. The fire broke out around two o'clock in the morning and affected an area of 200 square meters. After about an hour, it was extinguished. The RIA Novosti agency, citing emergency services, wrote that a drone was spotted near an oil warehouse in Tuapse. The Russian Ministry of Defense later issued a statement accusing Ukraine of attempting to attack Russian civilian infrastructure in the Krasnodar region, where Tuapse is located, with drones.
The drone incident was also reported today by the Moscow region. According to Governor Andrey Vorobyov, an unmanned aerial vehicle hit a civil infrastructure object near the city of Kolomna, and there was no damage and no one was injured. RIA Novosti reported that the drone was shot down near a gas pipeline compression station.
The BBC noted that during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it happened for the first time ever that a foreign drone flew as far as the Moscow region. According to the BBC, an attack in this 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.
According to the media, information about two powerful explosions at the Yeysk military airport in the Krasnodar region in southern Russia appeared on the Telegram communication platform in the evening. According to the Unian agency, there is speculation about the destruction of two Ukrainian Tu-141 drones, also known as Strizh, which were approaching the airbase. Adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior, Anton Herashchenko, pointed out that the Russian bombers attacking the south and east of Ukraine take off from the Jeysk airport.
Russian authorities also announced the discovery of the wreckage of three drones in Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, last night. “There were no casualties, but there was damage: windows were broken somewhere, cars were slightly damaged,” said the local 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 St. Petersburg had to be temporarily suspended in the morning after an unidentified flying object was spotted, RIA Novosti reported. The Ministry of Defense later explained the closure of the airspace with an air defense exercise.
The head of the Republic of Adygea, which is part of the Russian 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.