Ukrainian intel drones hit oil facility 220mi deep in Russia

According to intelligence revealed by the Ukrainian Military [HUR], they were responsible for an incendiary incident at an oil refinery located in Russia’s Kaluga region on May 10. These details were relayed to us by our trusted source from the Kyiv Independent. 

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Vladyslav Shapsha, the Acting Governor of the Kaluga Oblast, pinpointed the origin of the nocturnal fire outbreak to an unmanned aerial vehicle that came crashing down. While he did not disclose the exact factory stricken by the event, local eyewitness accounts noted the ignition at the Pervyi Zavod – the paramount petrochemical establishment in the Kaluga Oblast; information that was duly corroborated by the Russian Telegram channel, Mash. The oil refinery – nestled nearly 350 kilometers [that’s close to 220 miles] away from Ukraine’s border – engages in the elaborate processing of crude oil as well as gas condensate. 

The Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin later corroborated that Russian defense artillery had intercepted and neutralized a drone progressing towards the city of Moscow. He didn’t communicate any reports of casualties or infrastructural damages. Substantiating our previous report, our source confirmed the involvement of Ukraine’s military intelligence in the incident, suggesting the use of kamikaze drones in the strike. 

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The First Plant plant had already received a blow from Ukrainian forces on March 15, 2024. As spring arrived, the Ukrainian armies orchestrated a chain of drone strikes, honing in on Russia’s vital oil industry.

Sources divulged to the Kyiv Independent that on May 9, the Security Service of Ukraine [SBU] targeted a Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat oil refinery situated in the Republic of Bashkortostan. The same sources also claimed that two oil depots in the Krasnodar region were thrust into the crosshairs of the SBU’s attacks.

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Despite the mounting tensions, U.S. officials didn’t hold back their disapproval of Ukraine’s strategic assault on oil refineries. Washington’s concern stemmed from the potential impact these strikes could have on the global energy market, a fact they cautioned against repeatedly.

In the face of US criticism, President Volodymyr Zelensky stood firm. Zelensky defended Ukraine’s right to retort, pointing out that the strikes against Russian oil refineries were merely a utilization of their own weaponry for retaliatory purposes.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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