A Russian oil refinery less than 130 km from Vladimir Putin’s clifftop palace has been rocked by a major explosion.
Flames and thick noxious black smoke poured from the facility in Krasnodar following the suspected drone or sabotage attack.
The latest blow for Putin comes as Ukraine steps up its counteroffensive. Krasnodar city is capital of a region of the same name which is linked to annexed Crimea across the Kerch Strait.
The city is a key link in Putin’s war effort and a hub for supplying occupied Crimea. The blaze was at Krasnodar Oil Refinery, in a diesel processing facility, local Kuban News reports. More than 130 firefighters were called to the scene.
Putin’s £1 billion clifftop palace in Gelendzhik – with an underground bunker, pole-dancing boudoir, and vineyard – is less than 80 miles away from the blast.
The sprawling mansion, which dwarfs the size of Buckingham Palace, was dubbed “the most guarded place in Russia and Putin’s biggest secret” by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
It boasts a swimming pool, spa, saunas, bar, theatre, cinema, wine cellar, casino, guest house and even its own petrol station.
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