Ukraine attacks Russian soil with drones as it tries to resist war of attrition on its territory

Drones of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) successfully attacked two oil facilities in the southern Russian region of Krasnodar, close to the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia, a Ukrainian source confirmed on Sunday.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, the Russians failed to extinguish a large fire throughout the day on Saturday that broke out after a nighttime drone attack on the Lukoil-Yugnefteprodukt oil facilitynear the village of Pavlovskaya. A source in the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies told the agency that the attack was the work of SBU drones and that after two explosions a fire broke out at two oil derivatives depots.

In addition, SBU drones also caused a series of explosions in the Rosneft-Kubannefteprodukt oil facility in the town of Leningradskaya, and, judging by satellite images, at least three fuel depots were damaged.

A village in Russia’s Voronezh region was evacuated on Sunday following a series of explosions triggered when debris from a downed Ukrainian drone set a nearby warehouse on fire, local authorities said. Images on social media appeared to show clouds of black smoke rising over the Voronezh region, while a succession of loud explosions could be heard.

The wreckage of the aircraft caused “the detonation of explosive objects,” according to the governor, Aleksandr Gusev. No casualties were reported, although Residents of a nearby village in Podgorensky district were evacuated, he said. Roads were also blocked as emergency services, military and government officials worked at the scene. A Ukrainian security official told The Associated Press that an attack had been carried out on an ammunition depot in the town of Serhiivka in the Voronezh region.

“The enemy was storing ground-to-ground and ground-to-air missiles, shells for tanks and artillery and boxes of cartridges for firearms,” ​​said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media. “It is from this warehouse that the occupiers deliver ammunition to their troops in Ukraine.” The Russian Defense Ministry made no mention of the incident in its morning report, though it said Russian anti-aircraft systems had destroyed a Ukrainian drone over the Belgorod region.

Meanwhile, authorities in the Russian province of Krasnodar reported a fire at an oil depot on Saturday, also caused by debris from a downed drone. The fire was extinguished by Sunday morning, according to Russian emergency services.

The attacks came after a Ukrainian military spokesman told The Associated Press on Thursday that kyiv troops had withdrawn from a neighborhood on the outskirts of Chasiv Yar, a strategic town in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that has been reduced to rubble during the Russian offensive last month.

Russian forces have been trying to gain ground in Ukraine’s industrial east for months, in an apparent attempt to draw its defenders into a war of attrition. Moscow’s forces are losing between 200 and 250 soldiers in Ukraine a day, according to an independent investigation by independent Russian media outlets Meduza and Mediazona.

Military analysts say that The fall of Chasiv Yar could also compromise crucial Ukrainian supply routes. and endanger nearby cities, which would bring Russia closer to its stated goal of taking the entire Donetsk region.

The Russian strikes have also hit Ukraine’s energy infrastructure hard. Officials in kyiv said Saturday that the city had restored two-thirds of its generating capacity after recent Russian missile attacks destroyed key power plants.

“A colossal job has been done,” said Petro Panteleev, deputy head of the Kiev city government. “The city’s energy facilities, which were built mainly in the Soviet era, are being modernised and made much more efficient.”

Russia launched two ballistic missiles and 13 Shahed drones overnight, Ukrainian air force officials said Sunday. All were shot down, though officials gave no details about the missiles’ impact. Eight people have been killed in Russian strikes in Ukraine over the past day, according to local regional authorities.

Four people were killed in Kherson region, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said, while in Donetsk, Governor Vadym Filashkin reported two more deaths in the towns of Niu-York and Ukrainsk. In Dnipropetrovsk, a 65-year-old woman was killed in a Russian attack in the Nikopol district, while a 47-year-old man was killed in Kharkiv region, Governors Serhii Lysak and Oleh Syniehubov said in their respective statements.

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