Refinery was targeted by two drones
The refinery did not provide further details, but state news agency Tass said two Ukrainian drones flew over the plant and one of them hit the heat exchanger, causing the fire. Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for the drone attack. A video posted on a messaging app channel showed a drone taking off and hitting a refinery, followed by a huge plume of smoke in the sky.
Work halted at refinery due to attack
However, the authenticity of this video could not be independently verified. Rostov regional governor Vasily Golubev said fragments of two drones were found in the area of the plant. The refinery said it has temporarily suspended operations to assess the damage.
Russian helicopter enters Estonia’s airspace
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member Estonia said on Tuesday that a Russian military helicopter violated its airspace last week and the Russian ambassador was summoned to protest the incident. Estonia’s military said in a statement that a Russian Mi-8 helicopter entered the country’s airspace without permission on Saturday evening. The area was near the Russian city of Peskov.