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Governor: Fire breaks out at oil depot in Russia's Kursk Oblast

by The Kyiv Independent news desk March 10, 2024 10:38 AM 1 min read
A sign for Kursk Oblast, which borders Ukraine. (Photo by Olga Maltseva / AFP via Getty Images)
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A fire broke out at an oil depot in Russia's Kursk Oblast after a Ukrainian drone was shot down over its grounds, Roman Starovoit, the region's governor, claimed on March 10.

Starovoit did not include any information pertaining to casualties or damage to the oil depot.

"Air defense is at work in Kursk. A Ukrainian drone fell and caught fire on the grounds of an oil depot. Fire brigades and emergency services are working at the scene of the incident," Starovoit wrote on his official Telegram channel at 7:22 a.m. local time.

Meanwhile, Russian Telegram channel SHOT claimed that a 3,000-ton tank was damaged at the oil depot in Kursk and that a "powerful fire" also broke out at an oil pipeline in the village of Lykhma in Russia Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. According to local residents, the fire was "visible several kilometers away from the scene."

The Kyiv Independent is not able to verify this information.

There have been multiple reports of oil depots catching fire or railways being sabotaged across Russia since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The U.K. Defense Ministry reported last May that repeated attacks on Russian fuel networks "likely force readjustments" to the Russian military's refueling operations.

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