Ukrainian drones struck an oil depot in Russia’s St Petersburg overnight, a source in Kyiv’s security services has confirmed to Kyiv Post, with one of them reportedly having flown over President Putin’s Valdai residence.

It marks the first time the northern city – which is some 1,000 kilometers from Ukraine – has been attacked since the launch of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

Russia’s defense ministry said on Tuesday morning that it had shot down one drone near Moscow and intercepted another in the northwestern region of Leningrad, the region surrounding St Petersburg.

It did not provide details of any damage or casualties.

According to the Russian Baza Telegram channel, the drone's wreckage fell between fuel oil tanks at an elevator site at the St. Petersburg Oil Terminal, Russia's largest oil transshipment terminal in the Baltic region.

Advertisement

A fire reportedly broke out, with a burning area of 130 square meters.

The security service source told Kyiv Post there was damage to the oil terminal but did not provide further details.

“Also, during the operation, one of the drones flew over Valdai, where the personal estates of the Rothenbergs, Kovalchuk and one of Putin's palaces are located,” they added.

Putin’s Valdai residence is located in Russia’s Novgorod region, midway between St. Petersburg and Moscow.

While Russian authorities spoke of only one drone being intercepted, Russian media reported several had attacked the oil terminal including one carrying “about 3kg of explosives.”

'There to Die': Nepali Mercenaries Fight for Russia in Ukraine
Other Topics of Interest

'There to Die': Nepali Mercenaries Fight for Russia in Ukraine

While Nepali soldiers-for-hire can bank in a month nearly double what they could earn in a year back home, conditions are brutal and many have been killed or wounded.

The security service source did not reveal the number or types of drone used in the attack or their payload but said “maybe they were carrying treats.”

Last year it was reported Ukraine had begun mass production of kamikaze drones with a range of 1000km.

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here
You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Comments (4)

https://www.kyivpost.com/assets/images/author.png
putinisevil
This comment contains spoilers. Click here if you want to read.

Time to drop one on sochi

https://www.kyivpost.com/assets/images/author.png
Pat Macker
This comment contains spoilers. Click here if you want to read.

Putin could have stopped the drones if he wasn't busy drinking semen from his limitless supply of children.

https://www.kyivpost.com/assets/images/author.png
project 2025
This comment contains spoilers. Click here if you want to read.

anyone read american republicans project 2025 on wikipedia?is that for real or maga fake news?

https://www.kyivpost.com/assets/images/author.png
Peter not from St Petersburg
This comment contains spoilers. Click here if you want to read.

Some say putler hid in a closet. Others say under the bed. War criminals always get brain worms . They act strange, do stupid things. He is on Ukraines to do list. Tick tock

https://www.kyivpost.com/assets/images/author.png