A Russian oil refinery near the Ukrainian border reported Wednesday that it was attacked by two drones that crashed into the facility that flew from the direction of Ukrainian territory.
The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov Oblast is just five miles from the border with Ukraine. The plant’s management said one of the drone attacks caused fires, but no injuries were reported.
“As a result of terrorist actions from the Western border of the Rostov region, two unmanned aerial vehicles struck at the technological facilities of Novoshakhtinsk,” the plant said.
The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Russian oil facilities near the Ukrainian border that have taken place since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Ukraine hasn’t officially taken credit for the attacks, likely out of fear Moscow would escalate the war, but Ukrainian officials have hinted at involvement.
The US has provided Ukraine with Switchblade kamikaze drones, but the governor of Rostov said preliminary information shows that the drones were produced in Ukraine. A video surfaced of one of the attacks, and online observers said it appeared to be a UA-PD1, a reconnaissance drone produced by a Ukrainian company.
Russia has warned of consequences if Ukraine uses Western-provided weapons to attack Russian territory. The US and Britain recently provided Ukraine with rocket launch systems with a range of up to 50 miles. Washington said it received assurances from Ukrainian officials that they wouldn’t be used to hit targets inside Russia, but the US reportedly doesn’t know where the arms it’s pumping into Ukraine wind up.