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Overnight Ukrainian drone attack on Russia targets oil depot, energy infrastructure

A Lukoil oil depot in Smolensk Oblast is in flames as Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that 50 drones were downed in the night
Drone attack Russian oil depot
A fire erupts at a Lukoil depot in Kurdymovo, Smolensk Oblast, following an alleged drone attack on Russia in the night of 20 April. Photo via Russian TG channels
Overnight Ukrainian drone attack on Russia targets oil depot, energy infrastructure

Russia’s  Defense Ministry reported alleged drone attacks in eight Russian oblasts, with damage to power infrastructure objects, including a  Lukoil oil depot, in the night of 20 April.

This is the first drone attack on a Russian oil depot since US Defense Secretary Austin criticized the strikes on 10 April, claiming they have “a knock-on effect in terms of the global energy situation.”

Sources of Ukrainska Pravda told the media that the mass attack was a joint operation of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The target was the energy infrastructure that feeds the Russian military-industrial complex. The attacks caused problems with electricity and water supply in some areas.

The Russian ministry claims that 50 drones were intercepted. Particularly, that three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were “destroyed by air defense forces” over the territory of the Belgorod oblast.

Russian Telegram channels report that “explosions occurred near the city of Stary Oskol, and a bright flash was visible in the sky.”

Eyewitnesses filmed a fire outside the city, and some areas reportedly experienced partial power outages and loss of electricity. Russian military units are located around the city.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the Belgorod Oblast, reported a “drone attack” on the village of Istobnoe. “As a result of a non-detonating fall, there were no casualties, but a summer veranda of a private residential property was damaged. Emergency services are working at the scene,” he stated.

The Bryansk Oblast was also allegedly targeted by drones. According to the oblast’s governor, Aleksandr Bogomaz, six drones were “destroyed.” The wreckage of a downed drone caused a fire at an energy infrastructure facility.

Bogomaz also mentioned the “destruction of an aircraft-type drone over the territory of the Suzemsky district of the Bryansk oblast,” with no reported casualties or damage.

Moreover, Roman Starovoyt, the governor of the Kursk oblast, claimed that four drones were “destroyed” by air defense forces over the oblast.

Vasily Anokhin, governor of the Smolensk Oblast, reported that a fire erupted from drones falling on a fuel and energy facility in Kardymovo, where a Lukoil oil depot is located.

This oil depot in Russia’s Kardymovo is a transshipment hub for Belarusan refineries, where oil for further processing comes from Russia and oil products from Belarus, as per Ekonomika Belarusi.

Governor of Kardymov Oblast Vladislav Shapsha said that overnight in the Maloyaroslavets district, a drone explosion near a power substation slightly damaged energy infrastructure.

Post has been updated to add information from Ukrainian authorities and Ekonomika Belorusi informatio


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