Southern Russian Oil Refinery Struck, Kharkiv Takes Another Hit

Southern Russian Oil Refinery Struck, Kharkiv Takes Another Hit
Southern Russian Oil Refinery Struck, Kharkiv Takes Another Hit

(Bloomberg) — A flurry of drones swarmed southern Russia on Sunday, forcing a small independent refinery in Krasnodar to halt operations, while Kremlin forces struck a northern suburb of Ukraine’s Kharkiv, killing at least five.

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At least 16 people were also injured near the Kharkiv-area town of Mala Danylivka after a Russian Iskander missile hit a “civilian” object on Sunday morning, said regional governor Oleh Synyehubov.

“Russians have launched a double strike on the object, applying again the tactics of ‘double blows’ aimed at destroying peaceful civilians, doctors and emergency workers,” he wrote on Telegram.

The region continues to see regular shelling from Moscow’s forces even as Ukraine has managed to stop Russia’s ground advance on the Kharkiv and Kupyansk axis.

Earlier, Russia’s defense ministry said it shot down a total of 103 Ukrainian drones, a tactical ballistic missile, 12 US-made ATACMS missiles and various other projectiles in the past 24 hours.

Six drones struck the Slavyansk facility overnight with no casualties reported, the local administration said in a statement on its website.

UAVs from Ukraine targeted the refinery, according to a person with knowledge of the operation who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The refinery halted its operations to conduct checks and it isn’t yet clear when it can resume running, RBC reported, citing the head of security at Slavyansk-Eko, the refinery’s operator.

The facility, which processes 4 million tons of crude per year, or about 80,000 barrels a day, was previously a target of drone attacks in March and April.

The US has criticized Ukraine’s strikes on Russian refineries as creating a risk to crude oil prices and urged Kyiv to focus on military targets instead.

“Those attacks could have a knock-on effect in terms of the global energy situation,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said last week at a Senate committee hearing. “Ukraine is better served in going after tactical and operational targets that can directly influence the current fight.”

Read more: Russia’s Crude Exports Fall Back as Flows From the Baltic Shrink

–With assistance from Volodymyr Verbianyi.

(Updates with strike on Kharkiv region from first paragraph.)

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