The fire is said to have started on the night of Saturday, several Ukrainian media reports.
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According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the Russian Ministry for Crisis Situations is involved.
Probable Ukrainian drone strike
The oil refinery in Volgograd is to be one of the largest of its kind in Russia, and is also important for Russia’s warfare in Ukraine.
Ukrainian drone strikes have repeatedly caused fires in Russian oil refineries. Thus, the war has increasingly moved into Russian territory.
Volgograd Oblast is about 300 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. The region borders Rostov Oblast to the southwest, Voronezh Oblast to the northwest, Saratov Oblast to the north, Astrakhan Oblast and the Republic of Kalmykia to the southeast, according to the Kyiv Independent.
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“People heard loud noises before the fire”
Several sources in the emergency services have confirmed to local journalists that a drone fell at the oil refinery just before the big fire started.
Images on social media show pillars of fire and clouds of smoke above the oil refinery.
“Thick smoke billows. A drone has fallen, and the military, doctors and fire brigade were immediately called. People heard loud noises before the fire,” eyewitnesses say.
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Industrial giant Lukoil, which operates the refinery, says on its website that it is the largest producer of oil products in the Southern Federal District, which covers eight regions of southwestern Russia. (Screenshot from X)
Volgograd’s governor has now confirmed that a fire broke out at a major Russian oil refinery in the southwestern region overnight following a drone strike.
– Last night, the Air Force and electronic jamming repelled an attack by drones in the Volgograd region’s Kalachyovsky and Zakanalye districts. A fire started at the Volgograd refinery after one of the downed drones fell, says governor Andrej Bocharov, writes The Guardian.
Industrial giant Lukoil, which operates the refinery, says on its website that it is “the largest producer of oil products in the Southern Federal District,” which covers eight regions of southwestern Russia.