Dramatic moment Ukrainian kamikaze drone ploughs in to major oil refinery inside Russian territory

Dramatic moment Ukrainian kamikaze drone ploughs in to major oil refinery inside Russian territory sparking huge fireball explosion

This is the dramatic moment a Ukrainian kamikaze drone ploughed in to a major oil refinery inside Russian territory, sparking a huge fireball explosion.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was seen flying at a low-level height towards the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region, which borders Ukraine.

Video then shows the drone striking the oil refinery, causing a massive explosion which was heard ten miles away.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured from the key strategic facilities, located some four miles from the pro-Putin puppet state Luhansk People’s Republic in Ukraine. 

Video then shows the drone striking the oil refinery, causing a massive explosion which was heard ten miles away

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was seen flying at a low-level height towards the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region, which borders Ukraine. Video then shows the drone striking the oil refinery, causing a massive explosion which was heard ten miles away

Footage from the scene shows firefighters battling to contain the blaze, as plumes of black smoke billowed into the air.

Russian air defences failed to pick up the incoming drone, initially reported to be Turkish-made Bayraktar, but later said to be a Ukrainian UAV PD-1 or PD-2.

Some reports said the visible drone was one of two which targeted the facility.

It caused the explosion while another lay on the ground between two giant oil tanks.

Footage from the scene shows firefighters battling to contain the blaze, as plumes of black smoke billowed into the air.

Footage from the scene shows firefighters battling to contain the blaze, as plumes of black smoke billowed into the air.

Footage from the scene shows firefighters battling to contain the blaze, as plumes of black smoke billowed into the air

Workers nearby are heard on a video as they watched the approaching military drone.

Initially they were relaxed as it flew close to them but they swore repeatedly as the unmanned craft struck the oil plant triggering a huge explosion.

One is heard saying: ‘It came from the Ukrainian side, didn’t it?’

Another answers: ‘Yes, yes.’

One asks: ‘Do we stop work?’

Another replies: ‘The plant is on fire. F***ing run away.’

Novoshakhtinsk refinery is reportedly the largest oil supplier in southern Russia.

It is owned by the Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Peton, from Ufa, and previously belonged to offshore companies linked to Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Putin detained by the Kyiv authorities, as had been suggested.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured from the key strategic facilities, located some four miles from the pro-Putin puppet state Luhansk People's Republic in Ukraine.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured from the key strategic facilities, located some four miles from the pro-Putin puppet state Luhansk People's Republic in Ukraine.

Flames engulfed the building and black smoke poured from the key strategic facilities, located some four miles from the pro-Putin puppet state Luhansk People’s Republic in Ukraine

Novoshakhtinsk refinery (file image) is reportedly the largest oil supplier in southern Russia. It is owned by the Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Peton, from Ufa, and previously belonged to offshore companies linked to Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Putin detained by the Kyiv authorities, as had been suggested

Novoshakhtinsk refinery (file image) is reportedly the largest oil supplier in southern Russia. It is owned by the Research and Design Institute of Oil and Gas Peton, from Ufa, and previously belonged to offshore companies linked to Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Putin detained by the Kyiv authorities, as had been suggested

The press service of the regional head office of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations acknowledged the blaze.

It claimed there was no threat of the fire spreading.

It reported there were no casualties.

The scale of the damage to Russian military oil supplies was unclear.

‘At 09:25 am Moscow time, information was received that a fire had occurred in a heat exchanger at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery covering an area of 50 square meters,’ said a statement from the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

A dozen fire teams were reportedly site.

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