Kyiv Post's sources from Ukraine's Military Intelligence Directorate (HUR) confirmed that Ukraine had targeted a drone assembly facility in Yelabuga and an oil refinery in Nizhnekamsk, both in Tatarstan, more than 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) from Ukraine.

The source said that Yelabuga factory strike was a special operation of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry (HUR) and that the strike caused significant damage to drone production facilities.

Meanwhile, Russian officials claimed that the Ukrainians had failed to reach their targets, and succeeded only in injuring people.

The press service of the head of the Tatar republic, Rustam Minnikhanov, wrote on Telegram:“Drone attacks took place against factories in Tatarstan at Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk.”

It added that the attacks: “did not cause serious damage and the activity in the factories was unaffected. Unfortunately, in Yelabuga, people were wounded.”

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The special economic zone near Yelabuga houses chemical, mechanical engineering and metal treatment factories, one of which is believed to be used for the assembly of Shahed/Geran kamikaze drones.

Videos posted on Telegram allegedly show drones hitting targets in Tatarstan.

The city of Nizhnekamsk in Tatarstan is home to the large Taneko oil refinery. Kyiv Post sources in special services claimed that the oil refinery was targeted in a second attack in the framework of a joint operation of the SBU and HUR.

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According to the message from the source, a Ukrainian long-range drone struck a primary oil refining unit at a refinery in Nizhnekamsk, triggering a subsequent fire.

The capacity of this plant is 8 million tons of oil annually, representing 2.6% of the total annual processing capacity of the Russian Federation. Furthermore, this plant ranks among the five largest refineries in the Russian Federation.

"We are continuing to systematically work towards reducing Russia's ability to finance its war of conquest against Ukraine. Our aim is to minimize the flow of petrodollars to the Russian military budget by choking off their fuel supply," stated the source.

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Tatarstan is one of the most economically developed regions of Russia, in the east-central part of European Russia about 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of Moscow. The republic lies in the middle Volga River basin around the confluence of the Volga and Kama rivers.

Ukrainian social media channels were saying that the attacks were carried out by Ukrainian UJ-22 drones belonging to HUR, which Kyiv Post was able to verify.

Video posted on Telegram suggests that Russian authorities were playing down the extent of the damage caused.

The security forces in Tatarstan have been put on high alert.

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John
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@MRGA troll GO educate YOURSELF.



Europe continues to far outpace USA in Ukraine support. Now edging towards 4X the USA in monetary amount. Thats just at the institutional level. Some individual EU nations have contributed over 4% of their GDP. 



The USA is currently the 31st most generous supporter of Ukraine on a GDP % contribution basis (Kiel Institute). It is greatly appreciated though, due to its niche capability as the largest weapons exporter in world (~40% market share...France is # 2 at 10.9%). USA sales of weapons to Ukraine's allies last year went up 56% to $238 billion.



According to former USA Ambassador Brinker and a former NATO head Breedlove last week:



"Sending aid to Ukraine is not merely an act of charity; it is an economic investment here at home. Funds that lawmakers approve to arm Ukraine are being used stateside to build new weapons or to replace weapons sent to Kyiv from U.S. stockpiles. 

In fact, of the $68 billion in military and related assistance Congress has approved since Russia invaded Ukraine, almost 90 percent is going to Americans. The American Enterprise Institute has identified 117 production lines in at least 31 states and 71 cities where American workers are producing major weapons systems for Ukraine."

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John
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I've gotta say HUR has been an amazing asset to Ukraine in this war. Always attaining goals which russia obviously thought was impossible. What a morale boost for Ukraine in having taken out the weapons source of so much of the damage they endure. As per the article:

"The press service of the head of the Tatar republic, Rustam Minnikhanov, wrote on Telegram:“Drone attacks took place against factories in Tatarstan at Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk .”

What an absolute embarassment for putin's regime. These obvious military targets did not even have air defence from drones.

Thanks HUR for all you do. Amazing accomplishment. Brilliant planning and implementation!

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Mac mac
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Iam lovin it. Go Ukraine !!!

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GREGC GO FUCK YOURSELF
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CGEGC, it’s not we Americans who want Ukraine to stop bombing Russian oil refineries. It is the brain dead illegitimate idiot in the White House dumb fuck. Get a brain. He does not represent the majority of Americans who favor support for Ukraine. Dumb fuck.

Bye Biden
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@GREGC GO FUCK YOURSELF, Yip its Biden . Soon to be gone biden

Putinbot Destroyer
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@Bye Biden, REALY just another Putinbot pretending Biden is the problem, just to get Trump in power. Nice try Putinbot.

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Putinbot Destroyer
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@GREGC GO FUCK YOURSELF, How's Putin's dick taste? No words for the Republicans starving Ukraine of ammo. Sounds like the Putinbots are bs-ing the site again. "Simple" Jack, is that you?

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GREGC GO FUCK YOURSELF
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GREGC, Europ has only contributed just 25% of what America has contributed to date. So go fuck yourself, OK?

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Gregc
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Ignore US demands for Ukraine to stop bombing Russian oil and other production facilities. The US wants Ukraine to surrender to Russia, give up lands and allow Russia to subjugate Ukrainians allowing them to suffer all kinds of abuse by these Orc's.

Crazy how weak the Americans are!

Keep up the good work kick them all out of your lands.

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ann
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Congratulations! More please...

Military aim
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@ann,
It would be better to target military equipment and locations of all kinds while avoiding civil targets ...Drones do play more role these years ...

MILITARY SIM YOUR COMMENT IS OFF TARGET
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@Military aim, the targets are military targets funbkoff.

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