Fire at Crimea fuel depot extinguished after apparent drone attack, governor says
A still image from a video shows smoke rising following an alleged drone attack on oil depot in Sevastopol, Crimea, April 29, 2023
A fire at a gasoline storage facility in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol has been doused, according to the city’s governor, who was appointed by Moscow.
“A 1,000-square-meter open fire was extinguished,” Mikhail Razvozhaev reported on the Telegram chat app.
He had previously stated that no one had been hurt, and that the depot had been attacked by two drones, according to early information.
Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed head of Crimea, said on Telegram that air defence and electronic warfare forces on Saturday shot down two drones over the Crimean Peninsula.
“There are no casualties or destruction,” he said.
Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, has come under repeated air attacks since Russia invaded the country as a whole in February 2022.
Russian officials have blamed the attacks on Ukraine.
A spokesperson for Ukraine’s armed forces said he did not have any information to suggest Ukraine was responsible for Saturday’s fire.