Fire Hits Russian Refinery Amid Ongoing Infrastructure Battle In Ukraine War.




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Volgograd Regional Governor Andrei Bocharov said debris from a downed drone had ignited the fire.

Volgograd Regional Governor Andrei Bocharov said debris from a downed drone had ignited the fire.

One of the largest oil refineries in the southwestern Russian region of Volgograd caught fire after a drone attack early on February 3 in an apparent continuation of Ukraine’s recent targeting of Russian infrastructure to blunt Moscow’s ongoing 23-month-old full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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But the blaze was said to have been extinguished within about three hours.

The Volgograd Ministry of Emergency Situations said an area of around 300 square meters had burned.

Regional Governor Andrei Bocharov said debris from a downed drone had ignited the fire.

“The fire has been localized, the open burning has been eliminated. There are no casualties,” Bocharov said .

LUKoil’s Volgograd oil refinery is one of the largest in Russia. It produces gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel, and fuel for ships.

In Ukraine, the military said it had downed nine of 14 Russian drones overnight in an attack on energy infrastructure in Kryviy Rih, a steel-producing city in southeastern Ukraine dozens of kilometers from the front lines.

It was the second attack in as many days on the city, which is President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hometown.

Kryviy Rih’s mayor, Oleksandr Vilkul, said electricity had been cut off to thousands of people, and some areas lost water and heating.

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