Massive Fire Erupts at Oil Reservoir in Crimea After Drone Attack
A massive fire broke out at an oil reservoir in Crimea after it was hit by a drone, according to Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-appointed governor of Sevastopol. The incident occurred just 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. Three children were among the dead.
The Details of the Incident
Razvozhayev posted videos and photos of the blaze on his Telegram channel and said that it had been assigned the highest ranking in terms of how complicated it will be to extinguish. He did not say whether the drone he cited as causing the fire was Ukrainian or not.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, which most countries consider illegal. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that his country is seeking to reclaim the peninsula during Russia’s current full-scale invasion.
Sevastopol has been subject to regular attack attempts with drones, especially in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Razvozhayev reported that Russian military destroyed a Ukrainian sea drone attempting to attack their harbor while another one blew up shattering windows in several apartment buildings but inflicting no other damage.
Razvozhayev also confirmed that there were no casualties caused by this latest incident and fuel supplies would remain unaffected despite concerns about potential shortages due to ongoing attacks on critical infrastructure such as oil reserves.
Ukrainian Officials Remain Silent
Ukrainian officials have yet to comment on this latest development regarding attacks against Crimean targets by unidentified drones. However, after previous attacks on Crimea, Kyiv usually stopped short of openly claiming responsibility but emphasized that the country had the right to strike any target in response to Russian aggression.
The situation between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate with no end in sight. The recent drone attack on an oil reservoir in Crimea is just one example of how tensions remain high between these two countries. As both sides continue their military operations, it remains uncertain what will happen next.
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