Explosions hit another oil refinery in southern Russia at around 3 a.m. local time on Sunday. The Nefte Peregonnyy Zavod in Slavyansk-on-Kuban, in the Krasnodar region was attacked by at least seven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), according to Ukrainian reports and videos posted on social media.

The Krasnodar regional authorities said on Sunday morning that one person had died after suffering a suspected heart attack.

“The fire on the territory of the Slavyansk oil refinery has now been completely extinguished. According to preliminary information, one person died at the time of the drone attack, the preliminary cause of death being a heart attack,” the Krasnodar region operational headquarters said on Telegram.

“There are no casualties as a direct result of the fire, there is also no threat to the settlement,” it said.

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Roman Sinyagovsky, head of the Slavyansk Municipal District, blaming the attack on Ukraine said on Telegram that one plant worker had been injured.

The Slavyansk-on-Kuban refinery is located in the Krasnodar region, east of the Sea of Azov, less than 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the Kerch Bridge separating occupied Crimea from Russia.

Drone attacks on refineries and energy sites in Russia have increased this week in the run-up to the sham presidential election guaranteed to cement President Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial rule.

Early on Saturday, March 16, two Russian oil refineries in the Samara region, one in Syzran and another in Novokuibyshevsky, were targeted in an overnight drone attack. The attacks occurred on the same morning that many Russians were casting votes and even protesting the farcical balloting.

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These attacks mark a continued onslaught against Russian oil enterprises, with more than 15 incidents recorded since the start of the year.

One of the largest attacks occurred on Wednesday, March 13.

Ukrainian UAVs aimed mostly at energy infrastructure. In some attacks they struck hundreds of kilometers deep into Russia.

One of the most seriously hit targets appeared to be an oil refinery in the Ryazan region, more than 500 kilometers inside Russia, where at least three Ukrainian explosive "kamikaze" drones crashed into the major oil-processing facility.

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A Kremlin Wednesday morning statement said Russian air defense units from late night Tuesday through Wednesday morning shot down at least 58 Ukrainian strike aircraft including 11 drones over Russia’s Belgorod Region, 8 over the Bryansk Region, 29 over the Voronezh Region, 8 over the Kursk Region, and a single robot plane each over the Ryazan and Leningrad Regions.

If those numbers are confirmed, the Wednesday kamikaze drone wave was the biggest single-day attack launched by Ukraine against targets inside Russia, of the entire Russo-Ukraine war.

The SBU, Ukraine’s national intelligence agency, in a Wednesday statement took credit for the attacks and said a total five oil refineries were struck in two days.

“We are systematically implementing a step-by-step strategy to undermine the economic capacity of the Russian Federation. Our objective is to deprive the enemy of resources and reduce the flow of petroleum-based products that the Russian Federation is using directly for war, for the murder of our citizens,” the SBU statement said in part.

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Energy analyst Tom O’Donnell, told Kyiv Post in an exclusive interview that Ukrainian allies’ oil price cap, in conjunction with Ukrainian drones’ physical damage,could be a significant hit to Russian revenues.

“These refineries hit by Ukrainian drones… represent about 12 percent of Russian production… Whatever percentage of Russian refined oil products this impairs, the damage will both deprive the war economy of needed export revenues and/or of much-needed fuels to keep the domestic war economy running.”

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John
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While most nations work towards implementing more clean tech energy solutions, since putin came to power their production of electricity by burning fossil fuels has increased. According to Climate Action Tracker (CAT), and independent scientific project that monitors governments’ climate targets and policies:

"Russia's Energy Strategy to 2035, adopted in 2021, focuses almost exclusively on promoting fossil fuel extraction, consumption and exports to the rest of the world."

Russia as the world’s second-biggest oil and gas producer often undercuts civilized nations production costs as it does not implement more sustainable pollution controls. Where cleaner energy alternates are not possible, foreign fossil fuel consumers must at least shift to the most sustainable fossil fuel producers to slow the negative effects of scientifically recognized global warming (100% consensus based on a review of 11,602 peer-reviewed articles on “climate change. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. 37 (4):).

Thank you Ukraine. By taking out Russia's dirty oil production capacity you help make the world a cleaner place for future generations.

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PUTRID IS GETTING GASED TO DEATH
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The Suchomimus channel on YouTube offers excellent commentary on this strike. A major Moscow airport was hit as well. On a prior refinery strike I offered it appeared Ukraine has begun to hit the complex distillation columns that are essential for the production of fuels from the crude. Without the columns, the entire plant is useless. Those columns are the Achilles heels. Ukraine will defeat Russia by virtue of Ukraine’s intellect.

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@PUTRID IS GETTING GASED TO DEATH,

Folks here is some interesting info about the YouTube site MRGA troll "jack griffen" (under new guise) keeps trying to direct KyivPost readers towards (when he's not busy saying the word Briben, pushing MAGA conspiracies or spewing profanity at other Ukraine supporters). 



The "Suchomimus" channel was created on September 11, 2021. Interestingly the same calendar day as the USA's World Trade Center was destroyed and just slightly before the period that russia started its buildup of forces along Ukraine's border. The owner however did not upload any video's until February 24, 2022. The EXACT day the current Russian invasion started. What were they waiting for? Why did they build a YouTube channel subsequently used solely for war coverage around the same time russia was building its pre war forces? 

The first video uploaded showed Ukraine's Nikolaev Airport getting destroyed.

Perhaps its a legit site...perhaps not. I would not take the risk myself. You have more reputable sources for such info.

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Sasha
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Slurp! Gnam gnam! 👍

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