A still image from a video shows smoke rising following an alleged drone attack on oil depot in Sevastopol, Crimea, April 29, 2023.
Mikhail Razvozhaev Via Telegram | Via Reuters
A massive fire erupted at an oil depot in Crimea after it was hit by two of Ukraine’s drones, a Russia-appointed official there reported Saturday, the latest in a series of attacks on the annexed peninsula as Russia braces for an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of Sevastopol, a port city in Crimea, posted videos and photos of the blaze on his Telegram channel.
Razvozhayev said the fire at the city’s harbor was assigned the highest ranking in terms of how complicated it will be to extinguish. However, he reported that the open blaze had been contained.
Razvozhayev said the oil depot was attacked by “two enemy drones,” and four oil tanks burned down. A third drone was shot down from the sky, and one more was deactivated through radio-electronic means, according to Crimea’s Moscow-appointed governor, Sergei Aksyonov.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that most of the world considered illegal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview this week that his country will seek to reclaim the peninsula in the upcoming counteroffensive.
Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Crimea last month to mark the ninth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation from Ukraine. Putin’s visit took place the day after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the Russian leader accusing him of war crimes.
The attack reported in Sevastopol comes a day after Russia fired more than 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine, killing at least 23 people. Almost all of the victims died when two missiles slammed into an apartment building in the city of Uman, located in central Ukraine.
Six children were among the dead, Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said Saturday, adding that 22 of the 23 bodies recovered have been identified. Two women remained missing, Klymenko said.
Russian forces launched more drones at Ukraine overnight. Ukraine’s Air Force Command said two Iranian-made self-exploding Shahed drones were intercepted, and a reconnaissance drone was shot down on Saturday morning.
Razvozhayev said the oil depot fire did not cause any casualties and would not hinder fuel supplies in Sevastopol. The city has been subject to regular attack attempts with drones, especially in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, Razvozhayev reported that the Russian military destroyed a Ukrainian sea drone that attempted to attack the harbor and another one blew up, shattering windows in several apartment buildings, but not inflicting any other damage.
Ukraine’s military intelligence spokesperson, Andriy Yusov, told the RBC Ukraine news site on Saturday that the oil depot fire was “God’s punishment” for “the murdered civilians in Uman, including five children.”
He said that more than 10 tanks containing oil products for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet were destroyed in Sevastopol, but stopped short of acknowledging Ukraine’s responsibility for a drone attack. The difference between the number of tanks Yusov and Razvozhayev gave could not be immediately reconciled.
After previous attacks on Crimea, Kyiv also wouldn’t openly claim responsibility, but emphasized that the country had the right to strike any target in response to Russian aggression.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces shelled the city of Nova Kakhovka, according to Moscow-installed authorities in the Russian-occupied part of southern Ukraine’s Kherson province. “Severe artillery fire” cut off power in the city, the officials said.
The Ukrainian-controlled part of the province also came under fire on Saturday. Russian shelling in the area of the village of Bilozerka killed one person and wounded another, according to the Kherson prosecutor’s office.
Chelsea striker ‘set for transfer to London rival as they plan for Osimhen deal’
Emirates Celebrates UAE National Day with In-Flight Treats, Cultural Entertainment, and Merchandise
Big Tech has censored 2024 presidential candidates 169 times, with Biden accounting for only seven: study
Judge throws out conviction against Jabar Walker, who served 2 decades for double homicide he did not commit
Brand New 2012 VW Santana Sedans Found Abandoned In Chinese Warehouse
Feeding Tampa Bay serves hundreds a traditional meal for Thanksgiving
Cruise CEO And Co-Founder Kyle Vogt Steps Down
The Countach DiCaprio Crashed In Wolf Of Wall Street Is Going To Auction
How to Respond to Relatives Who Feel the Need to Comment on Your Food and Body
Chris Pine Has Heard Rumors of a Possible Dungeons and Dragons 2
Kate Middleton’s Reaction to Hearing Meghan Markle’s Name Is Two-Fold — Biography
Hong Kong Property Market Enters A Great Stagnation
China expo first test of Xi-Biden rapprochement
Navigating Commonwealth’s pandemic-induced challenges
A Damning Report Claims a Major Gig Economy Union Had a Culture of Abuse and Toxicity
News19 hours ago
Everything Wrong With America, in One Fun Album
News21 hours ago
Best Cyber Monday toy deals 2023
News23 hours ago
Get Smart With These Nest and Google Pixel Cyber Monday Deals
News18 hours ago
MS breakthrough could lead to treatments that halt disease’s progression
Tech21 hours ago
Cyber Monday 2023: The best deals on Lenovo, Herman Miller, Apple, Anker, Dyson, and more
News22 hours ago
Matt Gaetz Is Miraculously More Hated Than Ever in Congress
Tech19 hours ago
The OnePlus 12 Will Confuse Your Hands With a Repositioned Alert Slider
News19 hours ago
No, You Don’t Need to Turn Off Apple’s NameDrop Feature in iOS 17