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UK intel: Ukrainian drone strikes cut into Russia’s oil refining capacity

Russia bans gasoline exports for six months to stabilize domestic prices
Russia Oryol drones oil depot
Smoke from a reported drone strike on oil depot in Russia’s city of Oryol on 9 January. Credit: ASTRA/TG channel
UK intel: Ukrainian drone strikes cut into Russia’s oil refining capacity

The UK Defense Intelligence has reported that on 1 March 2024, Russia introduced a six-month ban on gasoline exports in an effort to stabilize prices in the domestic market amid rising demand.

This suggests that Russia’s refining capacity may have been temporarily reduced due to multiple Ukrainian uncrewed aerial vehicle strikes against refineries across the country.

The export ban is expected to relieve pressure on supplies and allow Russia to make necessary repairs to its refineries. However, the repairs are likely to take longer than usual as Western sanctions have prevented the import of some essential components, the UK Intel states.

The Russian Government’s decision to implement the export ban comes at a sensitive time, as the country prepares for the Russian presidential election. “The Russian Government will be particularly sensitive to rising prices for gasoline and other daily commodities in the run-up to the 15-17 March Russian presidential election.”

The export ban is likely to have a significant impact on the global gasoline market, as Russia is one of the world’s largest exporters of the commodity. The move may also lead to increased tensions between Russia and its trading partners, who may view the ban as a protectionist measure.

Ukraine’s drone war across Russia cuts into oil revenues

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