Ukraine’s kamikaze drones blitz Russia’s oil depots and power grids

One person was killed, while two power substations and an oil depot caught fire after Ukraine launched tens of drones in attacks on several regions, Russian officials said on Tuesday.

On July 9, 2024, Ukrainian drones reportedly attacked multiple targets in Russia, including an oil depot in Kalach-on-Don, Volgograd region, and a substation in the Rostov region. The attacks resulted in fires and explosions, with local reports indicating that at least five drones were involved.

The attacks came after Russia blasted the leading children’s hospital in Kyiv with a missile in broad daylight on Monday and rained missiles down across Ukraine, killing at least 41 civilians in the deadliest wave of air strikes for months.

Russian air defence systems destroyed 38 drones, including 21 over the southern region of Rostov and seven over Kursk, both of which border Ukraine, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

The total number of drones launched by Ukraine was not immediately apparent.

Explosions were heard in the town of Kalach-on-the-Don in Russia’s southern region of Volgograd, said the Baza Telegram channel, which has sources in Russian law enforcement.

In a Telegram post, regional governor Andrei Bocharov said a power substation and an oil depot were set ablaze by falling debris from drones destroyed by Russian air defence systems.

Bocharov said the substation fire was promptly doused, but firefighters were still battling the fire at the oil depot.

He said no injuries resulted from the attack and added, “There is no threat to residential buildings.”

The Russian defence ministry did not list Volgograd among the regions where drones launched by Ukraine had been destroyed.

A man died, two people were injured, and several homes were damaged overnight in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, its governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said on Telegram.

The Russian defence ministry said three drones were destroyed over the Belgorod region. Ukraine attacks over the past day had killed four people and injured 20, Gladkov said.

Ukrainian drone attacks on two buses taking people to work killed six people and injured another 35 in the Belgorod region of Russia, the governor said on Monday.

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the attack took place near the village of Berezovka. He published a picture of a bus with its windows blown out.

Gladkov said one man was in serious condition, and two children had superficial injuries.

Ukrainian artillery, drones and proxies over the past year have repeatedly attacked Belgorod region which borders Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.

Kyiv denies targeting civilians and says it has the right to strike Russia, which says the West ignores Ukrainian attacks on civilians.

© 2024, GDC. © GDC and Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.