Listen to this article Fire At Russian Oil Depot Possibly Caused By Daring Ukrainian Drone Attack Hundreds Of Miles Away From Ukraine.
A fire at russian oil depot broke out early on Tuesday at a coastal oil facility in southern Russia, causing damage that some suspect may be the result of a drone strike by Ukraine.
Details about the attack were difficult to obtain, but videos and photos of the fire spread quickly on social media. Neither Ukrainian nor Russian officials confirm whether fire near Russian oil facility resulted from an attack, though Russian news sources cite drones spotted near the government-controlled oil giant Rosneft-operated facility.
Despite the lack of official confirmation, experts have suggested that Ukraine has the equipment needed to carry out a drone strike on Russian territory. Ukraine attributed to similar attacks on Russian airfields in December.
Expert on drones and warfare, Dr. James Rogers, proposes Ukraine’s domestically-made Tu-141 drones with a range of 600 miles and explosive capabilities may have caused the recent incident at a Russian oil facility. Rogers added that it’s improbable for Ukraine to use equipment from Western suppliers for such an attack as it could heighten tensions between NATO and Russia.
Details of the Attack
The Tuapse oil depot, located on Russia’s Black Sea coast, experienced a fire that spread to around 200 square meters and was put out at around 3 a.m. local time. Tuapse is approximately 300 miles from the nearest Ukrainian-held territory.
State news agency RIA Novosti reported the observation of a drone flying over the area during the incident. Other sources, such as popular Telegram channels Baza and Face of War, claimed that two drones had struck the site.
Local authorities verify no oil spills or casualties from fire at Tuapse oil depot, but nearby residents report loud blasts and share video footage on social media.
Response from Officials
Russian officials downplayed the incident, with the Ministry of Defense reporting a foiled drone attack on a site in Krasnodar around the same time. Ukraine has not commented on the incidents, and many details remain unclear.
However, Russian TV propagandist Vladimir Soloviev was quick to blame Ukraine and its Western allies for the incident, sending a message to his vast Telegram audience that it was unreasonable to blame Russia’s air defense for missing the drones.
Dr. Rogers stated that Soloviev’s accusation constitutes “a clear attempt” to influence the narrative before any concrete facts have been established. “One where NATO is allegedly directly helping Ukraine to attack Russia,” he said.
The apparent attack comes amid a barrage of both official and unofficial reports of drone attacks on multiple sites in Russia overnight. While details remain unclear, the incident highlights the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and the potential for small-scale conflicts to escalate quickly.