Russian fuel depot close to Ukraine border, catches fire

Russian fuel depot close to Ukraine border, catches fire

Russian news outlets described the emergency situations ministry as saying that a big fuel storage in a Russian town near the Ukraine border was on fire Monday.

“A fire has been reported at the Transneft Bryansk-Druzhba fuel depot in Bryansk,” around 150 kilometres (93 miles) from the Ukraine border, which serves as a logistics base for Moscow’s military operation in its pro-Western neighbour,

the agencies quoted the ministry as saying.

“Preliminary evidence indicates that no injuries have occurred,” the ministry noted.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

However, it started at 2:00 a.m. (2300 GMT) in Bryansk’s Fokinsky district, according to the local branch of the emergency situations ministry.

The emergency and fire departments had arrived on the site in a hurry.

Flames and smoke could be seen in the night sky over Bryansk, according to images published on Russian media.

According to the Interfax news agency, it was the second such fire at a gasoline store in the region recently, but this information could not be independently verified.

Russia has accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out strikes on Russian soil, most recently in the Bryansk region in mid-April.

The governor of the Belgorod area, which is also close to the Ukraine border, said that Kyiv helicopters fired on a petroleum storage there in early April.

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