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Ukraine's intelligence on refinery explosion in Samara region - Incident confirmed

Ukraine's intelligence on refinery explosion in Samara region - Incident confirmed Photo: representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense Andrii Yusov (Vitaly Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

At the Novokuibyshevsk oil refinery in the Samara region of the Russian Federation, a fire broke out and explosions were heard overnight on March 23. According to a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Andrii Yusov, there was an "incident" there.

"We can only confirm that there was an incident there. This facility is also used for military purposes," he said.

Recall that explosions were heard at the Novokuibyshevsk Oil Refinery in the Samara region, which is part of the "Rosneft" group, overnight. There was also a powerful fire there.

Reports circulated online suggesting that drones allegedly attacked the oil refinery.

Additionally, it's worth noting that the Novokuibyshevsk Oil Refinery produces fuel for jet engines, oils for missile carriers, and passenger cars.

Attacks on oil refineries in Russia

As previously stated by Ukrainian intelligence agencies, Ukraine has recently launched attacks on 12 Russian oil refineries using drones.

British intelligence claims that the recent attacks have disrupted at least 10% of the capacity of Russian oil refineries. Moreover, according to the UK Ministry of Defense, Russia is unlikely to be able to protect all refineries from Ukrainian attacks.

Recently, the Financial Times reported that the US allegedly urged Ukraine to stop attacking Russian energy infrastructure. Washington fears that strikes on Russian oil refineries could lead to an increase in global oil and gasoline prices.