Russia’s armed forces are continuing attacks on Ukrainian oil infrastructure, and on 3 April, air and naval missiles struck an oil refinery and storage tanks in the port city of Odesa.
Russia’s defence ministry said in a brief statement on Facebook that the site was supplying fuel and lubricants to Ukrainian troops, and that its missiles had destroyed the facility. Ukrainian officials said that emergency crews had managed to extinguish the fires in the eight tanks, but that the depot had been destroyed and could no longer function.
Russian forces have previously attacked oil and fuel depots around Ukraine, including in Lviv, Lutsk, Chernihiv, Vasylkiv, and the capital Kyiv.
Meanwhile, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s national security council, has denied that Ukrainian forces were behind a helicopter strike on a Rosneft oil depot in Belgorod in Russia on 1 April, which injured two depot employees, according to Associated Press. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has not commented on the incident, while Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, a spokesman for Ukraine’s defence ministry, reportedly said that he could not confirm or deny the allegations.
(Source: Tank Storage Magazine)