ATACMS missile blows up an oil depot in occupied Luhansk

Several explosions were reported at an oil depot in the city of Rovenki in the occupied Luhansk region, late yesterday evening, May 10.

Initial reports and Videos Reports shared on social media channels from Rovenki, which Russia occupied in 2014, indicate that at least one M39 ATACMS tactical ballistic missile equipped with cluster munitions was used to hit the facility.

Moscow appointed him president of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic Certain One person was killed and six others were injured.

Rovenki is located 115 kilometers east of the front lines and 60 kilometers south of Luhansk.

If Ukraine’s responsibility for the attack is confirmed, it would represent the latest in a series of attacks on Russian oil refineries and depots.

On Tuesday, May 7, the city of Luhansk was subjected to a missile attack that led to a fire in an oil depot within the city limits.

Archangel Spetsnaz Z channel on TelegramIt, which supports the Russian invasion of Ukraine, claimed that the city of Luhansk was hit by an ATACMS missile.

In the Russian Kaluga region, early in the morning on May 10, drones targeted the Pervi Zavod plant, which operates in oil refining, causing a fire. mentioned By the governor of the region Vladislav Šapša.

Pervyzavod is the largest oil refinery in the Kaluga region, located 300 km from the nearest Ukrainian border and 140 km from Moscow. It is the main oil and gas condensate processing complex, with a nominal refining capacity of 1.2 million tons per year.

On May 9, the Kyiv Post reported that its sources within the special services revealed that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) had carried out a successful strike on Gazprom’s Neftekhim Salavat refinery in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

The attack was carried out with a long-range drone targeting the refinery’s oil catalytic cracking unit.

The range of the Ukrainian drone covered an unprecedented distance of 1,500 kilometers.

Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat is one of the largest oil refining and petrochemical production complexes in Russia, specializing in the production of gasoline, diesel fuel and various petroleum products.

In March, US officials in the Biden administration did just that It is said to urge Ukraine has decided not to strike any oil facilities on Russian territory for fear of causing inflationary pressures on oil products in the run-up to the presidential election.

But despite the reports, Ukraine denied being under pressure and rejected the idea of ​​refraining from targeting Russian fuel facilities. In fact, some Western analysts Strongly encouraged Ukraine strategy.

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