Ukraine targets Russian oil pipeline installations with drones, Russian media reports

Ukrainian serviceman operates a reconnaissance unmanned aerial system over the outskirts of Bakhmut city, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, close to a frontline Donetsk area, Ukraine Might 25, 2023.

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Ukraine struck oil pipeline installations deep inside Russia on Saturday with a sequence of drone assaults together with on a station serving the huge Druzhba oil pipeline that sends Western Siberian crude to Europe, in line with Russian media.

Ukrainian drone assaults inside Russia have been rising in depth in current weeks, and the New York Occasions reported that U.S. intelligence believes Ukraine was behind a drone assault on the Kremlin earlier this month.

Ukraine has not publicly acknowledged launching assaults in opposition to targets inside Russia. The Ukrainian protection ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Saturday.

Within the Tver area, which lies simply northwest of Moscow, two drones attacked a station that serves the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline, one of many world’s largest oil pipelines, the Kommersant newspaper mentioned.

The Tver native council mentioned {that a} drone had crashed close to the village of Erokhino, round 500 km (310 miles) from the border with Ukraine.

The Telegram channel Baza, which has good sources amongst Russia’s safety companies, mentioned the drones attacked a station serving the Druzhba pipeline.

Druzhba, constructed by the Soviet Union, has capability to pump greater than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) however has been severely under-utilized after Europe sought to cut back its dependency on Russian vitality after President Vladimir Putin despatched troops into Ukraine final yr.

Russia’s oil pipeline operator Transneft mentioned earlier this month {that a} filling level on Druzhba in a Russian area bordering Ukraine had been attacked.

Drone battle

At its each day briefing on the Ukraine warfare, Russia’s protection ministry mentioned it had destroyed 12 Ukrainian drones up to now 24 hours and intercepted two long-range Storm Shadow cruise missiles that have been equipped to Ukraine by Britain.

Russia additionally mentioned it had intercepted shorter-range U.S.-built HIMARS-launched and HARM missiles. The ministry didn’t say the place these interceptions happened however reported preventing at factors alongside the entrance line.

Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm battlefield accounts from both facet.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Kyiv officers have beforehand mentioned that Western-supplied weapons could be used completely in opposition to Russian forces inside Ukraine.

Within the Pskov area of Western Russia, two drones induced an explosion that broken an oil pipeline’s administrative constructing, native Governor Mikhail Vedernikov mentioned. The incident occurred close to the village of Litvinovo, lower than 10 km (6 miles) from Russia’s border with Belarus.

“Provisionally, the constructing was broken because of an assault by two unmanned aerial automobiles,” Vedernikov mentioned.

In a separate incident, a development employee was killed close to the border with Ukraine within the Kursk area because of shelling from Ukraine, the native governor mentioned.

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