Video appears to show Ukrainian kamikaze drone attack on oil refinery in Russia

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Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Rostov, Russia, after a fire
Screenshot from video shared by Russian state media showing firefighters at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Rostov, Russia, on June 22, 2022.RIA Novosti/Telegram
  • An oil refinery in Russia, near the Ukrainian border, said it was hit by a drone on Wednesday.

  • Video footage showed what appeared to be a drone in the air, followed by a fire at that refinery.

  • The refinery said it paused operations to assess the damage and appeared to blame Ukraine.

Video footage appears to show a Ukrainian drone attack on an oil refinery in western Russia, near its border with Ukraine.

Footage shared on social media shows a drone moving through the sky, followed by an explosion and large fire:

Reuters reported that video footage was filmed at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Rostov, which is located five miles from Russia's border with Ukraine. It is not clear who captured the footage, and Reuters said it could not independently verify the footage.

Moments before the blast, voices can be heard discussing whether the drone was unpiloted, before confirming that it was not.

After the explosion, a voice can be heard saying, "Fuck me!," before another voice on the radio transmitter says,"The refinery has been hit. A drone dived and hit the target."

Later, someone is heard saying, "It came from the Ukrainian side, right?" while another says, "Yes, from that side." The voice on the radio then says: "The refinery's on fire. Get out of there."

Video shared by Russia's state-run RIA news agency on Wednesday showed firefighters at what it said was the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery:

The refinery appeared to blame Ukraine for the attack and said it had paused operations to assess the damage.

"As a result of terrorist actions from the Western border of the Rostov region, two unmanned aerial vehicles struck at the technological facilities of Novoshakhtinsk," it said.

"Staff have been evacuated and technological equipment has been stopped to assess the damage."

The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery said the first drone attacked the facility at 8:40 a.m. local time, hitting a crude distillation and causing a fire, Reuters reported. The second drone struck at 9:23 a.m. local time and was aimed at crude-oil reservoirs, Reuters reported, citing the refinery.

It is not clear which strike the video above showed.

Vasily Golubev, the governor of Russia's Rostov region, said there was a fire in the plant's vacuum unit and that parts of two drones were found nearby, Reuters reported.

He said the fire was later extinguished and that no one was injured, Reuters reported.

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