Oil depot in Sevastopol ablaze, Russian occupiers claim drone attack

29 April, 09:59 AM
Fire in Kozacha Bay in Sevastopol, in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea (Photo:Sevastopol Emergency Services /Telegram)

Fire in Kozacha Bay in Sevastopol, in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea (Photo:Sevastopol Emergency Services /Telegram)

A massive fire at an oil depot in Sevastopol, in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea, raged out of control on the morning of April 29, sending a towering black cloud of dense smoke into the air over the city.

The fire broke out at the facility, which is located in Kozacha Bay in the west of the city, during the hours of darkness. By morning the skies over the city were blanketed with smoke, and judging by multiple photos and videos from the scene, the fire appeared to be spreading out of control among the tanks at the depot.

Video of day

REUTERS/Stringer
Photo: REUTERS/Stringer

There were no reports of any casualties as a result of the fire. The oil depot has more than 20 large oil tanks.

A spectacular photo circulating on social media showed a massive plume of smoke rising from the scene, with clouds of fumes spreading across the sky in a mushroom-cloud formation.

Officials from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, said a fire train and multiple firefighting boats and aircraft were being sent to Sevastopol.

The Russian occupation governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said that the fire at the depot covered an area of about 1,000 square meters and was now a “Level 4 Emergency” – the highest level. He said 18 fire appliances with at least 60 firefighters were tackling the blaze.

He also said that Sevastopol had been “attacked by a UAV" or unmanned aerial vehicle.

Later, Russian propaganda outlet TASS reported that the occupation authorities in Sevastopol will not evacuate residents from the area where the oil depot is on fire, reportedly “due to a drone strike,” citing Razvozhaev’s press service.

The location of the blaze at the oil depot in the west of the city of Sevastopol (Фото: Google Maps screenshot)
The location of the blaze at the oil depot in the west of the city of Sevastopol / Photo: Google Maps screenshot

The reports of the fire came a day after Russia launched its latest mass missile strike on Ukraine. Twenty-one of the 23 cruise missiles in the attack were shot down by Ukrainian air defenses, but one missile struck a residential building in Uman, a town in central Ukraine, and another hit the city of Dnipro.

Twenty-three people, including four children, are known to have been killed in the missile strike on a nine-story apartment block in Uman, which partially collapsed.

A young mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed in the missile strike in Dnipro.

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