Attack on Russian territory
A fire broke out at a fuel depot near the Crimean Bridge
5/3/2023 7:18 am
The front line is hundreds of kilometers away, although a fuel depot is burning near the Crimean bridge. The origin is still unclear. If it were an attack on Ukraine, it would underline the vulnerability of Russia’s own territory.
A fire broke out at a Russian fuel depot near the Crimean Bridge in Russia’s Krasnodar region, the regional governor said. “This is a fire of a very difficult class,” wrote Governor Veniam’s Kondratiev in a telegram. A fire broke out in the village of Volna, Demryuk district. All efforts are being made to prevent further spread. There is no danger to the villagers.
Initially there were no injuries, The cause of the fire is still unclear. An unidentified flying object has hit the depot and is spreading on social media. Information cannot be independently verified.
On the outskirts of the settlement of Volna there is a large transshipment terminal for oil and oil products, which are then shipped across the Black Sea. According to media reports, the fire broke out in a 20,000 cubic meter fuel storage tank. It said smoke and flames could be seen as far as the Crimean peninsula on the opposite side. The head of the district administration, Fyodor Babenkov, said that the fire has now spread over an area of 1,200 square meters. Firefighters are trying to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to other tanks. The location is close to the Crimean Bridge, which connects mainland Russia with the Black Sea peninsula connected to Russia. The front line is hundreds of kilometers away.
The Crimean Bridge, or Kerch Bridge, is essential for Russian military supplies to Crimea, but also to the annexed territories of Kherson and Zaporizhia in the north. Ukraine has already damaged the Crimean bridge in a major bomb attack, making it temporarily unusable for rail and car traffic. During the attack in early October 2022, a bomb in a truck crossing the bridge exploded.
A drone caught fire Saturday at a Russian fuel depot in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. Russia blames Ukraine for this. Ukraine rarely claims attacks on Russian-controlled territory. Over the weekend, however, Ukraine’s military said that undermining Russia’s logistics was part of preparations for a long-awaited counteroffensive.
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