A new fire broke out on Friday in the southwest of Russianearly Ukrainein a oil refinery that the day before it was attacked with a drone, local rescue services said, quoted by Russian news agencies.
The fire that affected an area of 60 m2 occurred in an oil refinery in the region of krasnodarand was quickly controlled, said the local office of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, quoted by the Interfax agency.
“The refinery workers were evacuated. No one was hurt,” she stressed.
According to the official agency TASSciting a source from the rescue services, the fire was caused by a new drone attack.
The oil refinery had been the target of a drone strike on Thursday, according to local authorities, starting a fire in one of the oil facility’s tanks that was quickly put out.
These incidents add to a series of recent drone attacks denounced by the Kremlin, including one it described as an attempt to assassinate the president. Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
Last Wednesday. Russian authorities accused Ukraine to try to attack the Kremlin with two drones overnight, in an attempt to assassinate the president Vladimir Putin. Then they said that the United States was behind the attack. Both kyiv and Washington denied that accusation.
“Tonight the Kiev regime tried to hit the residence of the President of the Russian Federation with unmanned aerial vehicles,” the Kremlin said in a statement posted on its website.
The Kremlin blacked out the alleged attempted attack by “terrorist act” and claimed that the Russian military and security forces had disabled the drones before they could attack.
The drones and their fragments nevertheless they fell into the enclosure of the Kremlin, without causing casualties or material damage, the Kremlin said. A video of the episode was broadcast by Ukrainian media and showed the drone exploding over the Russian presidential residence.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskovhe told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that Putin was not in the Kremlin at the time and that he was working from the residence of Novo-Ogaryovo.
The Kremlin added that Putin was safe and that his schedule had not changed. Soon after, she released photos of Putin meeting with the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Gleb Nikitin.
The official agency rate quoted the statement as saying the Kremlin viewed the event as a deliberate attempt on Putin’s life before the victory day which Russia celebrates on May 9.
The Presidency warned that Russia “reserves the right to take retaliatory measures where and when it deems appropriate.
The Kremlin did not present any evidence of the reported incident and his statement included few details.
For his part, Ukraine denied any involvement in the alleged attack.
“Ukraine has nothing to do with the drone strikes against the Kremlin,” he declared. Mikhailo Podoliak, presidential adviser. “Ukraine does not attack the Kremlin because it does not solve any military problem to begin with,” he added.
Along the same lines, the United States said it was taking Russia’s statements with great caution.
“I saw the information. I cannot validate it, we do not know,” said the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, at an event in Washington. “I would take anything coming out of the Kremlin very carefully,” she added.
(With information from AFP)
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