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Ukraine conducted one of largest drone attacks on Russian territory

Apr 2, 2024

Ukraine launches a large-scale drone strike on Russian territory. Russia's third largest oil refinery and Shahed production facilities were damaged in Tatarstan.

This was reported by Reuters.


Ukrainian drones attacked the refinery about 1300 km from the front line, hitting the main enterprise, which processes about 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Footage from the scene shows that a drone crashed into the CDU-7 primary refinery at the Taneco oil refinery. The unit accounts for about half of the refinery's total annual production capacity.

The strike was one of several in Tatarstan, a highly industrialized region southeast of Moscow.

A Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters in Kyiv that Ukraine had struck a major Russian oil facility in Tatarstan to cut Russia's oil revenues.

The source also said that Ukrainian-made drones had struck a Shahed factory, causing "significant damage".

According to Reuters, in recent months, Ukraine has begun attacking refineries in Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter, which "has negatively affected Moscow's lucrative oil trade".

Reuters estimates that about 14% of Russia's refining capacity has been shut down by drone attacks.

Ukraine has launched a series of high-profile attacks deep into Russia, aimed either at undermining the Russian military machine or, as was the case with the 2023 drone attack on the Kremlin, at bringing the reality of war to the heart of Russia.

Ukrainian sources claim that they are responsible for planning and conducting drone attacks on Russian territory. The United States has repeatedly stated that it does not support Ukrainian strikes inside Russia.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 02/04/2024

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