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Large array of Ukrainian drones causes 2 deaths in Russia and causes fire at refinery

Ukraine carried out an unusually large wave of drone strikes against Russia overnight that killed two people in the Belgorod region and set fire to an oil refinery in Tuapse on the Black Sea, Russian officials said on Friday.

Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said a mother and her four-year-old son were killed while traveling in a car.

The fire at the Tuapse refinery has been put out, local authorities said. The extent of the damage was unclear.

The refinery underwent several months of repairs, which were only completed in late April following a previous fire in January. At the time, a Ukrainian source said the fire had also been caused by Ukrainian drones, which had repeatedly targeted Russian refineries and caused significant production disruptions.

Tuapse has an annual capacity of 240,000 barrels per day. It produces naphtha, fuel oil, vacuum diesel and high-sulphur diesel, mainly supplying Turkey, China, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that Russian air defenses destroyed 102 Ukrainian aerial drones and six unmanned boats in the Black Sea overnight.

In Russian-annexed Crimea, an electricity substation was damaged in Sevastopol, local governor Mikhail Razvozhaev said on Telegram. He said there would be “isolated blackouts” and that school lessons would be cancelled.

The Ukrainian military said it shot down all 20 drones launched overnight in Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine since its February 2022 invasion.

Source: Terra

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