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Dramatic moment Ukrainian kamikaze drone ploughs in to major oil refinery inside Russian territory

Dramatic moment Ukrainian kamikaze drone plows into major oil refinery on Russian territory, sparks massive fireball explosion

  • Drone was filmed flying at low altitude to Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery
  • Video shows drone hitting oil refinery causing massive explosion
  • Flames engulfed building and black smoke poured from key strategic facilities

A Ukrainian kamikaze drone plowed into a major oil refinery on Russian territory today, causing a massive fireball explosion.

Footage shows the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying at a low altitude towards the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region, which borders Ukraine.

The video shows the drone hitting the oil refinery, causing a massive explosion that could be heard ten miles away.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured out of key strategic facilities about 4 miles from Ukraine’s pro-Putin puppet state of Luhansk People’s Republic.

Russian workers, unknowingly filming the drone attack, were heard laughing at the sight of the drone flying close to them – but they panicked and swore repeatedly after it hit the refinery, yelling ‘f****’ *g run’ away’.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flew at low altitude to the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region

The video shows the drone hitting the oil refinery, causing a massive explosion that could be heard ten miles away

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flew at low altitude towards the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region, which borders Ukraine. The video shows the drone hitting the oil refinery, causing a massive explosion that could be heard ten miles away

Drone (circled) is seen at the moment before it hits the oil refinery

The oil refinery went up in flames

Video shows the drone hitting the oil refinery (left, circled), causing a massive explosion (right)

Footage of the scene shows firefighters fighting to contain the blaze as plumes of black smoke rose into the air.

Russian air defenses failed to pick up the incoming drone, initially reported as Turkish-made Bayraktar, but later it was said to be a Ukrainian UAV PD-1 or PD-2.

Some reports said the visible drone was one of two that targeted the facility.

It caused the explosion while another lay on the ground between two giant oil tanks.

Footage of the scene shows firefighters fighting to contain the blaze as plumes of black smoke rose into the air.

Footage of the scene shows firefighters fighting to contain the blaze as plumes of black smoke rose into the air.

Footage from the scene shows firefighters fighting to contain the blaze as black smoke billowed into the sky

Workers nearby can be heard on video as they watch the approaching military drone.

At first they relaxed as it flew close to them, but they cursed repeatedly when the unmanned craft hit the oil mill, causing a massive explosion.

One hears say, “It came from the Ukrainian side, didn’t it?”

Another replies, “Yes, yes.”

People ask: ‘Do we stop working?’

Another replies: ‘The plant is on fire. Damn run away.’

The Novoshakhtinsk refinery is said to be the largest oil supplier in southern Russia.

Owned by the Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Peton, from Ufa, it was previously owned by offshore companies associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Putin who was detained by Kiev authorities, as suggested .

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured out of key strategic facilities about 4 miles from Ukraine's pro-Putin puppet state of Luhansk People's Republic.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured out of key strategic facilities about 4 miles from Ukraine's pro-Putin puppet state of Luhansk People's Republic.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured out of key strategic facilities, located about six kilometers from Ukraine’s pro-Putin puppet state of Luhansk People’s Republic

The Novoshakhtinsk refinery (file image) is said to be the largest oil supplier in southern Russia.  Owned by the Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Peton, of Ufa, it was previously owned by offshore companies associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Putin who was detained by Kiev authorities, as suggested. .

The Novoshakhtinsk refinery (file image) is said to be the largest oil supplier in southern Russia. Owned by the Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Peton, of Ufa, it was previously owned by offshore companies associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Putin who was detained by Kiev authorities, as suggested. .

The press service of the regional headquarters of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations acknowledged the fire.

He said there was no threat of fire spreading.

It reported there were no casualties.

The extent of damage to Russian military oil supplies was unclear.

“Information was received at 9:25 a.m. Moscow time that a fire had occurred in a heat exchanger at the 50-square-meter Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery,” a statement from the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

Dozens of fire brigades were reportedly on the scene.

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