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Giant inferno at Russian oil storage amid suspicion of strike by Ukraine 

Russia is rocked by two huge explosions at key fuel depot for Donbass offensive and military rocket facility near Ukrainian border

  • A second unconfirmed blaze was reported at a military base in the area where a military unit of the 120th arsenal of the Main Rocket is located 
  • The giant fire at the Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk was seen from the entire city 
  • The oil storage depot is likely to be vital for supplying Russia’s troops in their surge to take control of the Donbas
  • Bryansk region borders Ukraine and the city is some 240 miles from Moscow. 
  • Residents were being evacuated from homes in the vicinity of the burning oil depot 

Russia was hit today by a major fire following huge explosions at an oil storage depot in Bryansk city in a suspected strike by Ukraine.

A second unconfirmed blaze was reported at a military base in the area where a military unit of the 120th arsenal of the Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate is located.

A Russian report said oil storage tanks at the facility caught fire around 2 a.m. local time. 

The giant fire at the Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk was seen from the entire city.

The oil storage depot is likely to be vital for supplying Russia’s troops in their surge to take control of the Donbas.

Russia was hit today by a major fire following huge explosions at an oil storage depot in Bryansk city in a suspected strike by Ukraine

A second unconfirmed blaze was reported at a military base in the area where a military unit of the 120th arsenal of the Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate is located

A second unconfirmed blaze was reported at a military base in the area where a military unit of the 120th arsenal of the Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate is located

The giant fire at the Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk is seen from the entire city

The giant fire at the Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk is seen from the entire city

Bryansk region borders Ukraine and the city is some 240 miles from Moscow. Residents were being evacuated from homes in the vicinity of the burning oil depot. 

NASA satellites that track fires show a burning fire at coordinates that correspond to a Rosneft facility some 70 miles north of the Ukrainian border.

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, was cited by the Ukrainian news agency Unian as saying that people who live near the burning oil depot were being evacuated.

A fire was also reported at the military site, but was not confirmed by the Russian authorities.

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry initially posted details of a fire in the areas of the military facility on Moskovsky Avenue, then withdrew it.

The oil storage depot is likely to be vital for supplying Russia's troops in their surge to take control of the Donbas

The oil storage depot is likely to be vital for supplying Russia’s troops in their surge to take control of the Donbas

Bryansk region borders Ukraine and the city is some 240 miles from Moscow. Residents were being evacuated from homes in the vicinity of the burning oil depot

Bryansk region borders Ukraine and the city is some 240 miles from Moscow. Residents were being evacuated from homes in the vicinity of the burning oil depot

Putin's invasion of Ukraine is now well into its third month, with thousands having died and even more being displaced

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is now well into its third month, with thousands having died and even more being displaced

Local civilians waiting for an Orthodox priest to bless traditional Easter cakes and painted eggs prepared for Easter celebration at a church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Mariupol

Local civilians waiting for an Orthodox priest to bless traditional Easter cakes and painted eggs prepared for Easter celebration at a church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Mariupol

But Telegram channel Voenny Osvedomitel reported that the second fire was presumably at the 120th arsenal of the Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate.

Oil storage tanks caught fire at the oil depot in Bryansk, TASS reported early today.

‘The Emergency Situations Ministry has confirmed there’s a fire,’ the government’s press office said. ‘There’s also a confirmation that it’s the fuel tanks.’

First responders were at the scene. The cause of the fire or fires was not initially confirmed.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is now well into its third month, with thousands having died and even more being displaced. 

NASA satellites that track fires show a burning fire at coordinates that correspond to a Rosneft facility some 70 miles north of the Ukrainian border

NASA satellites that track fires show a burning fire at coordinates that correspond to a Rosneft facility some 70 miles north of the Ukrainian border

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs, was cited by the Ukrainian news agency Unian as saying that people who live near the burning oil depot were being evacuated

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, was cited by the Ukrainian news agency Unian as saying that people who live near the burning oil depot were being evacuated

Russia's Emergencies Ministry initially posted details of a fire in the areas of the military facility on Moskovsky Avenue, then withdrew it

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry initially posted details of a fire in the areas of the military facility on Moskovsky Avenue, then withdrew it

This is the second time Russia has claimed a Ukrainian counter-attack has happened. 

On April 1, Moscow said that Ukraine sent attack helicopters across the border to strike an oil storage facility.

Ukraine denied launching the attack and raised questions about whether Russians did it themselves.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s national security council, denied responsibility for the attack. 

‘For some reason, they say that we did it, but in fact this does not correspond with reality,’ he said on Ukrainian television.

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