Suspected drone strike sparks massive fire at fuel depot in Russian-occupied Crimea


A major fire has broken out at a fuel storage facility in the port city of Sevastopol in Russian-occupied Crimea, suspected to have been struck by a drone.

The governor of the Russian-backed city, Mikhail Rasvosev, said four fuel tanks were hit but no one was injured.

“The fire is tough … there are still many hours of work,” Rasvosev said in an update on Telegram.

Rasvosev said the fire would not affect fuel supplies in Sevastopol, adding that fire departments were helping across Crimea and that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet would soon join the effort.

Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 and is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.

An important port and a major naval base for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Sevastopol has endured several suspected Ukrainian attacks. On Monday, Rasvoshev said there had been a drone attack on the city, in which one was destroyed and the other detonated by itself.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed to liberate all parts of the country, including the occupied peninsula.

While wresting Crimea from Russian control may seem like an impossible feat, Ukraine attacks are making things difficult for the occupation while fighting for their eastern front.

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