War in Ukraine, day 798 | Kyiv claims to have struck a Russian refinery 500 km from Ukraine

War in Ukraine, day 798 | Kyiv claims to have struck a Russian refinery 500 km from Ukraine
War in Ukraine, day 798 | Kyiv claims to have struck a Russian refinery 500 km from Ukraine

(Kyiv) Ukraine said on Wednesday it had carried out a nighttime drone attack against a major Russian refinery in the Ryazan region, located in western Russia, nearly 500 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.


Posted at 6:47 a.m.

This new attack took place against a backdrop of tensions with Washington which in recent months has criticized, according to media reports, Kyiv’s strikes against energy installations located on Russian soil and asked it to put an end to them.

“A drone was used to strike the Ryazan refinery,” a Source within the Ukrainian special services told AFP.

Local media reported explosions and a fire at this refinery owned by Russian oil giant Rosneft which, according to its website, has a capacity of 17 million tonnes of oil per year.

The regional governor, Pavel Malkov, confirmed on Telegram a “drone attack”, but without giving further details, specifying that there were no victims according to preliminary information.

The city of Ryazan is located approximately 190 km southeast of Moscow.

Ukraine, whose army is in difficulty on the front facing Russian forces, has increased drone attacks in recent months against refineries and oil depots in Russia, aimed at disrupting the country’s production capacities.

Since the start of its invasion, Russia has systematically struck civilian sites in Ukraine, starting with its energy infrastructure.

Two civilians killed in Russian bombing in Kharkiv region

Two civilians in a car were killed Wednesday by a guided aerial bomb launched by Russian forces in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, the local governor said.

This border region of Russia, a significant part of which had been occupied by Moscow’s army at the start of its invasion, before a victorious counter-offensive by Kyiv in the fall of 2022, remains under almost constant fire.

“At 10 a.m., the Russians hit a car and a house in Zolochiv”, a village located about fifteen kilometers from the Russian border, using “guided aerial bombs”, declared the regional governor, Oleg Synegubov.

“The attack killed a man and a woman, who were in the car,” he added on Telegram.

Three fires broke out near the point of impact, injuring two septuagenarians, said Oleg Synegoubov.

In recent months, Russia has used new and powerful guided aerial bombs with devastating consequences.

As elsewhere on the front, since the failure of the major Ukrainian counter-offensive in the summer of 2023, it is Russian forces who are taking the initiative in the Kharkiv region.

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