Russian refinery shut down after drone attack

Russian refinery shut down after drone attack
Russian refinery shut down after drone attack

A Russian oil refinery was targeted by a drone attack in the south of the country. The factory had to suspend its activities this Sunday, May 19, indicate the management of the factory and the local Russian authorities. This attack has not yet been claimed, but kyiv has targeted Russian energy sites several times over the past two years, in response to the invasion of Ukraine launched by Vladimir Putin.

According to a Russian regional official on Telegram, six drones targeted the Slavyansk-on-Kuban refinery, near Krasnodar.

The factory, which usually processes around 80,000 barrels per day, had to suspend its activity while the damage was assessed, one of the refinery’s managers assured the Russian agency Interfax.

It is one of the most important oil refineries in this region of southern Russia which faces the occupied Crimean peninsula.

Russian authorities accuse Ukraine of being behind the attack.

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Since the start of the war, kyiv has targeted refineries several times. The Slavyansk factory has already been attacked twice this year. A response to the invasion and large-scale Russian bombings against Ukrainian power plants, for example, since the start of the war.

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