Drone strike causes massive oil depot fire in Crimea, Russia claims

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A massive fire has been ignited in the occupied Crimean city of Sevastopol following a suspected drone attack on a fuel storage tank.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of the Black Sea peninsula’s port city, posted videos and photos of the blaze on his Telegram channel.

Mr Razvozhayev said the fire was assigned the highest ranking in terms of how complicated it will be to extinguish.

He did not say whether the drone he cited as causing the fire was Ukrainian.

The fire was still burning but it had been contained and no one was injured, he said.

No casualties had been reported as a result of the oil reservoir fire and fuel supplies would not be hindered by the blaze, he added.

Russian forces are reportedly requesting addtional manpower to help extinguish the blaze, including aerial firefighters.

‘The four fuel tanks that were hit, they are practically burnt out already,’ Razvozhayev wrote on Telegram, adding an area of 1,000 square metres (11,000 square feet) had been engulfed in flames.

‘The situation is under the control of our firefighters and all operative services.’

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that most of the world considered illegal.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said his country is seeking to reclaim the peninsula during Russia’s current full-scale invasion.

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