Firefighters Battle Blaze at Rostov Petroleum Depot After Alleged Ukrainian Drone Attack

Ukrainian security forces claimed responsibility for a drone attack on a petroleum depot in the Russian border region of Rostov, on Tuesday, June 18, Ukrainian state media reported, citing unnamed officials.

Sources from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) told Ukrinform that the agency had successfully struck oil depots and refineries in Azov, causing powerful blasts.

“The SBU will continue to introduce ‘drone sanctions’ against Russia’s oil refining industry and reduce the enemy’s economic potential, which provides the aggressor with resources for waging war against Ukraine,” the source added.

“Tanks with petroleum products caught fire as a result of a UAV attack,” Rostov governor Vasily Golubev said, adding that no casualties had been reported and there was no threat of the fire spreading.

About 200 emergency workers responded to the 3,200-square-meter (34,440-square-foot) blaze, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situation said, releasing footage of firefighters directing water cannons at blackened tankers consumed by the towering conflagration.

Ukraine had not claimed responsibility for the attack on its official channels at the time of writing. Credit: Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation via Storyful

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