A fire was extinguished on Saturday at a refinery in Volgograd, southern Russia, after a drone attack attributed to Ukraine, local authorities announced, Reuters and AFP, Agerpres reports.
“This night, anti-aircraft defense and electronic jamming means repelled a drone attack in the Volgograd region, in the districts of Kalachiovski and Zakanalie,” Governor Andrei Bociarov said on Telegram.
“Following the fall of a downed drone, a fire was declared at the Volgograd oil refinery”, declared the governor, specifying that the firefighters promptly located the fire and eliminated it. “There are no casualties,” he added.
The refinery, located in the south of the city, belongs to the Lukoil group and can process 14.8 million metric tons of crude oil annually.
Another Lukoil refinery, NORSI, also suffered damage in January. Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak stated that the repairs will take between a month and a month and a half.
Local channel V1 published images of the alleged attack that showed an explosion at night, and statements from residents who said they heard two explosions.
In a statement, the Russian army said that the anti-aircraft defense shot down or intercepted with jamming systems four drones in the Belgorod region, two in Volgograd and one in Rostov-on-Don.