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Ukraine did not use foreign weapons during strike on Tatarstan - Intelligence

Ukraine did not use foreign weapons during strike on Tatarstan - Intelligence Photo: Andrii Yusov, representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

No foreign weapons were used during the attack on the facilities in Elabuga and Nizhnekamsk of the Russian Federation, according to Andrii Yusov, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine.

"We will neither officially confirm nor deny (the involvement of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine or the Security Service of Ukraine - ed.). But we can see that the noise and bavovna (explosions ironically - ed.) continue on the territory of the aggressor state, and it continues at military facilities that are directly involved in Russia's genocidal war against Ukraine. We can state that foreign-made weapons and equipment of our partners are not used in these events. This is a fact," Yusov says.

The representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine does not specify what exactly hit the facilities, which are located more than 1,000 kilometers from Ukraine. However, he notes that the industry of unmanned aerial vehicles in Ukraine is developing dynamically. According to him, Ukraine is using all modern technologies to improve its weapons.

"When we have the opportunity, we will be able to see and discuss all this in more detail. When we had the opportunity to show the Magura V5, the world saw it in detail and up close. So far, additional information on this topic is undesirable for security reasons," he adds.

In particular, Yusov confirms that one of the affected facilities in Tatarstan had a production facility for the assembly of Shahed drones. Moreover, one of the buildings located next to the enterprise was hit by Russian air defense.

"This is not the first time. When they try to shoot down other targets, they usually harm themselves the most," says the DIU representative.

Strikes on Russian oil refineries

Since January 2024, Ukraine has intensified its strikes on Russian oil infrastructure. Many strikes were made against large refineries. As of March 15, since the beginning of 2024 alone, 15 attacks have been carried out against Russian refineries, and eight plants have suffered significant damage.

As CNN reported, Ukraine has begun using drones equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) to attack refineries. Experts believe that the technology is only in the early stages of developing its potential.

Today, on April 2, in addition to the refinery in Tatarstan, Russia's Shahed assembly plant was also hit.