Belgorod residents panicking following explosion at oil depot

1 April, 07:23 PM
The Russian authorities assure that there are no problems with fuel supply, but people don't believe them. (Photo:t.me/zhest_belgorod)

The Russian authorities assure that there are no problems with fuel supply, but people don't believe them. (Photo:t.me/zhest_belgorod)

Panic has broken out in the Russian town of Belgorod after an explosion occurred at a local oil depot early on April 1, as evidenced by posts and videos on YouTube and Telegram messenger channels.

The fire has not yet been extinguished, and continues to burn. Locals have formed huge queues at nearby gas stations, as they expect a shortage of fuel after the destruction of the oil depot.

In turn, Deputy Belgorod Governor Dmitry Gladsky in a video posted on social networks reassured local residents that they would not face any supply problems with fossil fuel products, though his words have faced a mixed reception from residents, judging by the comments under his post.

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At the same time, local authorities have begun evacuations of residents in areas adjacent to the oil depot.

Earlier on April 1, Russia claimed that a fire at the oil depot in Russian town of Belgorod had been allegedly caused by an airstrike by Ukrainian Army helicopters.

The Ukrainian military has declined to confirm or deny this information. However, earlier on March 9, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed to have destroyed 90% of. Ukraine’s military airfields, along with nearly 90 of Ukraine’s 250 total airplanes, leaving Ukraine without “first- and second-class pilots”, according to Russian MoD spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.

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