Big Wave of Ukrainian Drones Kills Two in Russia, Causes Refinery Fire

launched a significant drone attack on , resulting in two deaths and a refinery fire, according to Reuters. The attack underscores the escalating conflict between the two nations.

Two Dead in Belgorod

In Belgorod, a mother and her four-year-old son were killed while driving. Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed their deaths. The attack highlights the civilian toll of the ongoing conflict.

Fire at Tuapse Refinery

A fire broke out at the Tuapse oil refinery on the Black Sea, following the drone attack. Local authorities managed to extinguish the fire, but the extent of the damage remains unclear. This refinery, which recently completed repairs from a previous fire in January—also blamed on Ukrainian drones—has a substantial annual capacity of 12 million metric tons (approximately 240,000 barrels per day). It primarily produces naphtha, fuel oil, vacuum gasoil, and high-sulfur diesel, supplying like , , Malaysia, and .

Widespread Damage and Defenses

Russia's defense ministry reported the destruction of 102 Ukrainian drones and six uncrewed naval boats in the Black Sea overnight. In Crimea, an electrical substation in Sevastopol was damaged, causing isolated blackouts and leading to school closures. Local governor Mikhail Razvozhaev shared the news on Telegram.

Ukraine's Response

In response to Russia's latest attacks, Ukraine's military claimed to have shot down all 20 drones launched by Russia overnight. This ongoing exchange of drone strikes demonstrates the intense and unrelenting nature of the conflict since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

DroneXL's Take

The latest wave of drone attacks from Ukraine to Russia marks a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict, affecting both military targets and civilian lives. The use of drones has become a critical factor in modern warfare, showcasing both their strategic value and their potential for collateral damage. As these technologies evolve, the implications for global security and civilian safety are profound.


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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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