The fire at the refinery in the Rostov region began after the fall of the drone

According to a TASS source, two Ukrainian drones flew over the Novoshakhtinsky Oil Refinery, one of them crashed into the plant’s structures. After that, the fire started. No one was injured as a result of the fire

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The fire at the Novoshakhtinsk oil plant in the Rostov region started after the fall of the Ukrainian drone, a source of the TASS state agency in the local administration said.

“Before the fire, plant employees noticed a Ukrainian drone. He crashed into the structure of the plant, after which there was an explosion and fire,— said the source of the agency.

A source in law enforcement agencies told TASS that two drones flew over the territory of the plant. One of them, according to the interlocutor of the agency, crashed into a heat exchanger, which caused a fire, and the second flew away.

A source of 161.ru in law enforcement agencies also said that an unmanned aerial vehicle crashed into one of the plant's buildings. Several eyewitnesses confirmed this information to the publication.

The Baza Telegram channel published a video in which a drone dives and crashes into an oil refinery, after which an explosion occurs. Publication “Kuban News” writes that fragments of a drone were found at the scene of the incident— this is UKR SPEC Systems PD-1.

Specialists of Rosprirodnadzor take samples at the scene of the fire, RBC was told in the press service of the department.

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The Ministry of Emergency Situations previously reported that the fire area at the refinery was 50 square meters. m, no one was hurt.

RBC turned to the press service of the Governor of the Rostov Region for comment and sent inquiries to the Novoshakhtinsk Oil Plant and the Southern Military District.

The Novoshakhtinsky plant is located in the Krasnosulinsky district of the Rostov region, not far from the border with the LPR. It has been operating since 2009. In 2020, the refinery processed 4.8 million tons of oil. Since 2021, it has been owned by the Peton holding.

The plant is under sanctions from Kyiv, where it is accused of supplying fuel to the Donbass.

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