Conflicts & War

Drone strike triggers huge blaze in Crimean oil depot

Moscow, Apr 29 (EFE).- A drone strike has caused a huge blaze at an oil depot in the port of Sevastopol in the Russian annexed Crimean peninsula, local officials reported on Saturday.

“Above the sky of the Republic of Crimea, the anti-aircraft defense forces shot down a drone and a radio-electronic combat device,” Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed regional leader, said on Telegram.

Aksyonov said that the attack occurred at the same time as another strike on Sevastopol. No injuries or damage were reported.

The fire in Sevastopol, the base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, affected four tankers, but has been practically extinguished, according to Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor of Sevastopol.

Razvozhayev said that the incident will not affect the supply of fuel to the city, which was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 along with the rest of the Crimean peninsula.

Sevastopol has come under repeated air strikes since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly declared his intention to liberate the Crimean peninsula.EFE


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