Russia reports drone attack on three regions: Port terminal ablaze near St. Petersburg, military plant struck in Tula
Overnight on January 20-21, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed drone attacks by Ukrainian UAVs in three Russian regions had triggered explosions in Tula, Oryol, and Smolensk. A fire broke out at the Novatek gas company's terminal in the port of Ust-Luga, Leningrad region, and Ukrainian authorities acknowledged targeting the military plant in Tula which makes the Pantsir-S and Pantsir-S1 air defense missile systems
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported the purported involvement of the air defense forces.
According to Russian sources, Ukrainian UAVs struck the Smolensk, Tula, and Oryol regions, with initial reports of possible air defense activity emerging around 10:30 pm.
Dnipro OSINT analysts have verified that there has been a strike on the territory of Shcheglovsky Val JSC in Tula, which is over 300 km from the Ukrainian border. The plant is involved in the assembly of Pantsyr-S and Pantsyr-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as the modernization of various armored vehicles.
"According to sources, this was a planned operation by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine," RBC-Ukraine said.
At the same time, a fire broke out at the sea trade port terminal in Ust-Luga, near St. Petersburg, reportedly caused by the impact of two drones on the terminal.
Russian media outlet Fontanka stated two explosions preceded the fire at the terminal, which is 856 km from the Ukrainian border, primarily dealing with liquefied gas shipment.
Governor Alexander Drozdenko mentioned on Telegram that the fire affected Novatek's terminal, with no casualties as the staff was evacuated.
The Russian Ministry of Defense's report did not acknowledge the fire in the Leningrad region.
Recent claims by Russian propagandists suggested a drone targeted a powder factory in Kotovsk, Tambov region, with a focus on a workshop handling product mixing.