Russian authorities confirm drone attack and subsequent fire at Kaluga Oblast oil refinery

Drones attack First Plant LLC in Russia's Kaluga oblast
Drones attack First Plant LLC in Russia's Kaluga oblast

A fire erupted after a drone attack on an oil refinery in Dzerzhinsky district in Russia's Kaluga Oblast on May 10, authorities confirmed.

The fire has since been extinguished, Kaluga Governor, Vladislav Shapsha, claimed.

There were no casualties in the attack, authorities claimed.

An "assessment of damage caused to the enterprise's infrastructure" is underway, they said.

Drones attacked an oil refinery in the Russian city of Kaluga overnight on May 10, the Ostorozhno Novosti Telegram channel claimed earlier, citing locals who wrote about a large fire.

Located in Polotnyany Zavod, First Plant is the largest petrochemical company in Kaluga Oblast. The facility processes commodity oil and gas condensate.

The refinery had already come under attack on March 15, Crimean Wind wrote.

Kaluga is approximately 350 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Attacks on Russian refineries

Ukraine has regularly targeted oil refineries in Russia with long-range drones since the end of January.

Ukraine's SBU Security Service has carried out at least 13 successful attacks on Russian refineries, SBU head Vasyl Malyuk said.

As a result, oil production and processing in Russia decreased by 12%, he said, adding that oil export revenues make up one-third of the Russian budget and the "lion's share" of the military budget.

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It is known that the following facilities have been targeted:

  • Tuapse oil Refinery on Jan. 24

  • Volgograd oil Refinery on Feb. 3

  • Afip oil Refinery on Feb. 9

  • Ilya oil Refinery on Feb. 9

  • Lukoil-Nizhny Novgorodnefteorgsintez Plant on March 12

  • Ryazan oil Refinery on March 13

  • Kaluga oil Refinery on March 15

  • Syzran oil Refinery on March 16

  • Kuibyshevsk oil Refinery on March 16

  • Slavyansk oil Refinery on March 17

  • Novokuibyshevsk oil Refinery on March 23

  • TANECO oil Refinery on April 2

  • Ilsky oil Refinery on April 27

  • Slaviansk-ECO oil Refinery on April 27

  • Ryazan oil Refinery on May 2

  • Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, May 9.

Russia is running out of gasoline due to drone attacks on oil refineries, Politico reported on April 30.

The price of diesel fuel for Russian consumers has increased by almost 10% in a week.

Gasoline prices in Russia have increased by 20% since the beginning of the year.

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