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Russia claims drone attack, media report Ukraine's operation

18 January, 2024 Thursday
12:10

Russia's Defense Ministry announced a drone attack on the Moscow and Leningrad regions. Instead, the media reported that the wreckage of the UAVs fell on an oil terminal in St. Petersburg, which could be a special operation of Ukrainian intelligence

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Ukrainska Pravda, RBC-Ukraine, and Suspilne reported this, citing their own sources.

"This is a Ukraine's Defense Intelligence operation involving modern Ukrainian means. Data collection continues, and there are confirmed hits on targets. From now on, military facilities in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region are within the reach of Ukrainian forces," the statement reads.

When asked whether this was the first time Ukrainian drones attacked the Leningrad region of the Russian Federation, the interlocutor ofUkrainska Pravda replied: "Not for the first time, but there are differences, and the enemy has felt them.”

The Russian media ASTRA and SHOT wrote about the crash into the oil terminal.

The drone allegedly tried to attack an oil terminal in St. Petersburg. It was carrying about 3 kg of explosives.

According to SHOT, the drone was an airplane-type aircraft with a wingspan of 6 meters and a piston engine. The port infrastructure was not damaged and no one was injured. The wreckage of the UAV may also be in the Gulf of Finland, 5 kilometers from the terminal.

Instead, BAZA writes that a total of three drones were launched: two of them were suppressed by the electronic warfare forces and fell into the Gulf of Finland, and another was shot down over the territory of an oil terminal.

The drone's wreckage fell in an open area of one of the port's elevator yards between fuel oil tanks. After the crash, the drone exploded, causing a fire. The burning area was 130 square meters.

Air defense forces in the city district of Podolsk repelled an attack by a drone flying towards Moscow. This was announced by Sergei Sobyanin.

According to preliminary data, there was no damage or casualties at the site of the crash.

Another drone was intercepted by air defense over the territory of the Leningrad region. This was reported by the Russian Defense Ministry. The ministry also confirmed a strike in the Moscow region.

According to TASS sources, a drone was used to implement the "Carpet" plan at the Pulkovo airport (St. Petersburg).

"Yes, (there were changes in the airport's operations - ed.), and yes, (the Carpet Plan was introduced - ed.). Everything is back to normal, we are working as usual. The flight from Yerevan was definitely delayed," the source was quoted as saying.

Background. The St. Petersburg Oil Terminal began operations in 1996 near the oil loading area of the Leningrad Port. It is Russia's largest oil product transshipment terminal in the Baltic region (with a throughput capacity of 12.5 million tons per year) and the largest stevedoring company in the Big Port of St. Petersburg.

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