A video reportedly showing the moment that a drone caused a large explosion at an oil refinery in southern Russia has surfaced on social media.

The Russian oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk, in the Rostov Region on the border with Ukraine, was hit by a twin-boom tailed ‘kamikaze’ drone on Wednesday, 22 June, British newspaper The Telegraph reports.

Footage that has since been circulated on social media platforms Twitter and Telegram allegedly shows the incident as filmed from unidentified Russians nearby. In the clip, a drone can be seen descending at speed towards the refinery before making a steep dive and bursting into flames.

In a statement, a refinery official confirmed that two unmanned aerial vehicles struck at the technological facilities of Novoshakhtinsk. The refinery also said that staff had been evacuated and work paused while the damage was being assessed.


The statement noted that two drones were involved in the incident, the first reportedly hitting the refinery at 8:40 AM local time, followed by the second drone at 9:23 AM.

Subsequent videos being shared online show palls of black smoke rising from where the drone hit the refinery and firefighters aiming their hoses at the flames.

Vasily Golubev, the governor of Russia’s Rostov region, also confirmed the incident, saying that fragments of two drones had been found at the refinery, but noting that no one had been injured.

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