A MYSTERY fire has broke out at one of Putin’s alleged weapons research facilities in another major blow to the Kremlin.
The inferno has ripped through the renowned VPM factory in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, according to the Ukrainian military’s Telegram channel.
Shocking footage shows huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky as the blaze began to take hold just after 10.20am.
The flames are said to have already roared through up to 3,000 square metres of the factory.
Onlookers looked on helplessly as the bonfire boomed, while sirens rang out in the background.
Ukrainian sources claim the vast plant is involved in Russian weapons manufacture, although it claims to be a paint and varnish plant that also makes fire-retardant coatings.
The factory is said to have actively worked in the defense sector.
Emergency services are battling to extinguish the mammoth fire, that has forced over 100 people to evacuate.
According to eyewitnesses, the blaze broke out in the workshop of the facility.
The cause of the inferno currently remains unknown.
Officials have raised concerns regarding the environmental impact of the fire due to hazardous materials inside the VPM plant.
Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement: “According to the tentative data, the fire spread on the area of 3,000 square meters.
“Before fire squads arrived, 110 people evacuated from the building on their own. There have been no reports of casualties.”
It comes after a massive fire erupted at a Russian factory producing nuclear missiles for Putin on Thursday.
The inferno broke out at the Yaroslavl Motor Plant – also known as Avtodizel, located 170 miles northeast of Moscow.
Some 218 staff were evacuated as flames tore through the building, sending thick black smoke into the sky.
At least seven people had to be rescued from the carnage.
The plant produces engines for the Topol-M nuclear missile system and other equipment used by the Russian armed forces – including Ural trucks.
In recent months, Ukraine has claimed responsibility via sabotage groups or supporters for a spate of explosions and fires in Russia.]
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