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Drone hit fuel depot in Russia’s Oryol, causing a fire

An allegedly Ukrainian one-way attack drone hit a fuel depot in Russia’s Oryol Oblast in the early hours of 17 September, setting a fuel tank ablaze.
Fire at Russia’s Oryol fuel depot. 17 September 2023. Screenshot from a video published on social media.
Drone hit fuel depot in Russia’s Oryol, causing a fire

In the early hours of 17 September, Russian media reported an explosion in southwestern Russia’s Orel Oblast, followed by a fire at an oil depot.

According to local residents, before the explosion, they heard a sound typical of a drone flying overhead, Liga reports. Russian Telegram channels said fuel tanks caught fire.

Later, Oryol Oblast governor Andrey Klychkov stated that at around 03:50 local time, “an unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in the city of Oryol.”

“It fell on a non-residential building in the Zheleznodorozhnyi district. The scene has been cordoned off, special services are taking the necessary measures, the situation is under full control. No one was hurt, according to preliminary data,” he wrote on Telegram.

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