The fire on the territory of the Novoshakhtinsky oil refinery in the Rostov region of Russia (the region borders on Ukraine) started as a result of a drone attack, the Governor of the region Vasily Golubev wrote on his Telegram channel.
Fragments of unmanned aerial vehicles were found on the territory of the refinery, the governor said.
"According to one of the versions, the fire broke out as a result of a drone attack on the technical installations of the plant. Fragments of two drones were found on the territory of the plant,” the governor wrote.
The refinery management later confirmed the reports about the drone attack, TASS said.
"Two unmanned aerial vehicles struck the technological facilities of the Novoshakhtinsk Oil Products Plant Joint-Stock Company, which resulted in an explosion and a fire," the message from the management of the plant said.
The fire spread over an area of 50 square meters and was completely liquidated. No one was hurt. All employees were evacuated. The work of the plant was suspended. Investigative measures are being carried out to assess the damage.
Eyewitnesses posted a video of the drone attack on the oil refinery in the Rostov region.
The video captures the moment of the attack and the ensuing fire. According to unconfirmed reports, the video shows a Turkish-made Bayraktar UAV.
One of the drones was acting as a kamikaze drone, TASS said.
"One of them crashed into a heat exchanger, which caused the fire to break out. The second one flew away,” a source told the news agency.
On June 20, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) attacked Russian drilling platforms of Chornomorneftegaz oil and gas company. Seven people went missing as a result of the attack.
On April 1, a fire broke out at an oil depot in Russia's Belgorod. Two Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopters entered the territory of Russia at low altitude, attacked oil storage facilities and a printing house.
The Russian Armed Forces returned to strategic positions of the first "Surovikin line” east of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia direction of hostilities