Ukraine's HUR behind attack on oil refinery in Leningrad Oblast - media

Fire after explosion at Vyborg refinery on May 19
Fire after explosion at Vyborg refinery on May 19

During a special operation of Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine (HUR) at a refinery in Vyborg, Leningrad Oblast, three vertical fuel tanks were destroyed by explosive devices, hromadske reports, citing an intelligence source on May 19.

Read also: Massive oil leak from Kaluga refinery after drone attack on May 10

Russian Telegram channels reported explosions at the Vyborg oil refinery on night of May 19.

Later, governor of Leningrad Oblast, Alexander Drozdenko, said that information about UAV attack on the Vyborg oil depot was not true. According to him, the building of the old oil depot “popped” due to the use of pyrotechnics.

He also stated that there were no casualties, no threat of fire or explosion.

In addition to Vyborg, explosions were also heard in Krasnodar Krai. There, Ukrainian Security Service drones attacked Kushchevsk military airfield and Slavyansk oil refinery, sources told NV.

Drone strikes on Russian refineries

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Ukraine has regularly conducted long-range drone strikes on oil refineries in Russia since late January.

At least 13 successful attacks have been carried out on Russian refineries, causing a 12% reduction in Russia's oil production and processing, Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) head Vasyl Malyuk reported.

Revenue from oil exports constitutes a third of Russia's budget and a significant portion of its military funding.

Reported attacks have targeted the following facilities:

  • Tuapse Refinery, January 24

  • Volgograd Refinery, February 3

  • Afipsky Refinery, February 9

  • Ilinsky Refinery, February 9

  • Lukoil-Nizhegorodnefteorgsintez Refinery, March 12

  • Ryazan Refinery, March 13

  • Kaluga Refinery, March 15

  • Syzran Refinery, March 16

  • Kuybyshev Refinery, March 16

  • Slavyansk Refinery, March 17

  • Novokuibyshev Refinery, March 23

  • Taneco Refinery, April 2

  • Ilsky Refinery, April 27

  • Slavyansk Refinery, April 27

  • Ryazan Refinery, May 2

  • Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat Refinery, May 9

  • Kaluga Refinery, May 10

Russia is facing a gasoline shortage due to the oil refinery attacks.

Diesel prices for Russian consumers surged nearly 10% in a week, and gasoline prices have risen 20% since the beginning of the year, Politico reported on April 30.

Read also: Drones strike Tuapse refinery, leading to massive fire

According to NV's sources, on May 17,  SBU and  HUR attacked Russian military and logistics facilities located in Crimea and on the Russian Black Sea coast.

SBU and GUR jointly attacked Sevastopol Bay, the intelligence officers attacked Novorossiysk seaport, and SBU attacked Tuapse Oil Refinery.

According to NV's sources, this is the second time this year that SBU drones have “visited” Tuapse refinery, which the Russians have begun to restore, but now will have to start repairs all over again.

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