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Large fire in Izhevsk, Russia: Drones potentially manufactured in shopping center

Large fire in Izhevsk, Russia: Drones potentially manufactured in shopping center Photo: the Izhevsk shopping center could manufacture drones (Russian media)

In the Russian city of Izhevsk, a large fire broke out overnight on February 17th. The Russian Emergencies Ministry did not report the location of the incident, but according to sources, drones could have been manufactured at this industrial site, according to Telegram Astra.

At the address of the burning building, there is a shopping center. The Russian Emergencies Ministry stated that it was simply a "production building" that was on fire.

According to official data, the activity of the enterprise where the fire occurred is related to the production of professional cleaning and disinfecting agents. Moreover, at this address, there is the chemical plant Izhsintez-Khimprom and the shopping center Novy Dom, which, according to media reports, were allocated for drone production last year.

Earlier, the Russian Emergencies Ministry announced that firefighters had extinguished an open fire in a production building in Izhevsk, and pouring and dismantling of structures are ongoing. The building burned on an area of ​​3,500 square meters. Overall, more than 70 people and 33 pieces of equipment were involved in extinguishing the blaze. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.

Fires and explosions at industrial plants in Russia

In late January, several Russian Telegram channels reported the arrival of a drone on the territory of the Nevsky Mazut oil refinery in St. Petersburg. Russians claim that although the drone was successfully shot down, its fall still damaged several tanks and vehicles.

It should be noted that drone attacks on Russian refineries are becoming increasingly systematic. For example, in January, a drone attacked one of the largest oil refineries in Yaroslavl. Prior to this, sources from RBC-Ukraine reported that drones of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) hit an oil refinery in Tuapse, resulting in a powerful fire.

We also reported that SSU drones successfully targeted the Ust-Luga Oil terminal. Fuel processed there, among other things, is supplied to the Russian military forces.