“Attacks of the Security Service of Ukraine on oil refineries continue. This time, the drones of the service in the Krasnodar region attacked two oil refineries at once – not only Ilsk, but also Afipsk,” said an anonymous source.
Russian Telegram channels report a fire at Ilskiy oil refinery in Krasnodar region of Russia. Reportedly, the refinery was damaged by a drone attack.
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Commenting on the results of the strike in Ilsk, the source said: “A large fire broke out, hitting the primary processing plant, which has a capacity of 3.6 million tons per year. The enemy will not be able to produce diesel fuel for military purposes without it.”
The price of such a device is about 50 million dollars, he added.
The objects are located 20 kilometers from each other. Such factories are completely legitimate targets, the source stressed.
They work for the defense industry, provide fuel for the Russian army, but are also important for the national economy, the interlocutor of the agency explained.
Local rescue services also confirmed that a fire had broken out at the oil refinery overnight, but did not say whether it was caused by a drone strike.
On Friday night, Russia and Ukraine launched a total of 35 drones as both sides attempted to attack targets behind the static front line, the AFP news agency reported.
Russia’s armed forces shot down 19 Ukrainian drones in four different regions, including near Kursk, Bryansk, Oryol and also Krasnodar, as well as in the Black Sea, its Defense Ministry said.
In Oryol, which is located about 170 kilometers from the border with Ukraine, drones also targeted energy infrastructure, regional governor Andrei Klychkov wrote on the Telegram communication website.
On the other hand, Ukraine shot down 10 out of 16 drones launched by Russia, the Air Force reported. Russia fired 16 Iranian-made Shahed drones from bases in the annexed Crimean peninsula and western Kursk region.
“As a result of combat operations, 10 “Shahed” were destroyed in Mykolaiv, Kherson and Kharkiv regions,” the statement said.
In recent months, Ukraine has stepped up drone attacks on Russian territory, mainly targeting border regions as well as the capital Moscow and the northern city of St. Petersburg.