Fire in Sevastopol destroys over 10 tanks with fuel for Russian Black Sea Fleet — Ukrainian intelligence
Tanks with petroleum products for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation are burning near Sevastopol, April 29, 2023 (Photo:«Governor» of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev via Telegram / Handout via REUTERS)
A huge fire in Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea destroyed over 10 petroleum product tanks with a total capacity of 40,000 tons of fuel for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the spokesperson of Ukrainian military’s Main Intelligence Directorate or HUR, Andriy Yusov, told RBC-Ukraine on April 29.
Yusov told the Ukrainian media outlet that the incident was “divine retribution” for the 23 civilian who died in an April 28 Russian missile attack on the city of Uman. Five of the civilians killed in the Russian attack were children.
“This punishment will have long-lasting implications,” said Yusov, referring to the fire at the oil depot.
“It is recommended that all residents of temporarily occupied Crimea get away from military facilities and facilities that provide support to the aggressor’s army without delay.”
Yusov added that Ukraine is aware of the embezzlement of petroleum products and other corrupt actions by officials of the occupation authorities at this and other similar Crimean sites, which “undoubtedly expands the possibilities of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Forces.”
An explosion occurred early in the morning on April 29 in the Kozacha Bay near Sevastopol. Immediately, a massive fire broke out at a local oil depot, and thick black smoke rose from the scene.
The occupation authorities acknowledged damage to four fuel tanks, with the fire covering an area of 1,000 square kilometers. As of 2.00 p.m., they reported that the fire had been “liquidated.”
The Kremlin puppet governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, claimed that there had been a drone attack on Sevastopol, and that Russian air defenses allegedly shot down one UAV, while jamming the controls of another with electronic warfare equipment.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces did not comment on their involvement in the incident, but Ukraine’s General Staff published a reminder in the morning that today marks the 105th anniversary of the raising of Ukrainian flags on the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Sevastopol fortress.
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