A wave of Ukrainian drone strikes against oil refineries inside Russia appeared to be continuing on Monday, after a facility in the city of Yaroslavl, 260 kilometers northeast of Moscow, came under attack.
According to Russian media reports, at around 7a.m. a drone struck the Slavneft-Yanos oil refinery, reportedly felling next to a hydrocracking unit designed to purify raw materials.
Mikhail Evraev, governor of Russia's Yaroslavl region, claimed that a drone attack was prevented by the electronic warfare (EW) system of the Slavneft-YANOS oil refinery.
But local residents reported hearing an explosion from across different parts of the city.
According to Russian media, no one was injured. The scene is currently cordoned off, and the refinery's employees have been temporarily allowed to go home.
Sources in Ukraine's security and defense forces did not respond to a Kyiv Post request from comment.
The oil refinery is located some 800 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, and is one of Russia's ten largest oil companies in terms of oil production.
The drone attack follows a series of Ukrainian strikes on such facilities. On the night of Jan 25, drones of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) attacked an oil refinery in the Russian city of Tuapse in the Krasnodar Territory.
"The SBU is striking deep into Russia and continues to attack facilities that are not only important for the Russian economy but also provide fuel for enemy troops. There will be many surprises ahead, the systematic work continues," a source told the Kyiv Post earlier this month.
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