Ukrainian Drone Strike Damages Russian Oil Refinery in Volgograd

Ukrainian drones attacked the Volgograd oil refinery in Russia, causing significant damage to primary oil processing units. The strike, orchestrated by Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Agency, hit the plant's AVT-1 and AVT-6 units, with the full extent of damage still being assessed.

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Ukrainian Drone Strike Damages Russian Oil Refinery in Volgograd

Ukrainian Drone Strike Damages Russian Oil Refinery in Volgograd

In a bold overnight attack on May 11, Ukrainian drones targeted the Volgograd oil refinery in Russia, causing significant damage to the facility's primary oil processing units. The strike, orchestrated by Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Agency (GUR) around 4 am, hit the plant's AVT-1 and AVT-6 units, with the full extent of the damage still being assessed.

Why this matters: This attack on a critical Russian oil refinery highlights the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which could have far-reaching consequences forglobal energy markets and regional security. The strike also underscores the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to drone attacks, a growing concern for governments and industries worldwide.

According to RBC-Ukraine sources, the drone attack also damaged a control cable for the air coolers, resulting in seven of them being switched off. The smoke stack of the P-1 furnace was also affected in the strike.

The Volgograd oil refinery, owned by Lukoil corporation, is a major fuel and oil enterprise that was commissioned on December 21, 1957. It has been part of Lukoil since the early 1990s and boasts an annual capacity of 15.7 million tons. As of 2015, the refinery processed 12.6 million tons of oil.

This attack on Russianoil infrastructurecomes amidst escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with both sides targeting each other's energy facilities in recent months. The drone strike serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing conflict's impact on the region's oil industry and the risks posed to critical infrastructure.