Status: 20/09/2023, 17:34 p.m.
By: Nadja Austel
In Russia, there is said to have been another drone attack: An oil depot caught fire – in Sochi. © Screenshot/Telegram/Shot
In Russia, there is said to have been another drone attack: An oil depot caught fire – in Sochi, where Vladimir Putin often stays.
Sochi – At first, they only heard sounds reminiscent of a moped, residents of the Russian city of Sochi reported. Shortly thereafter, a loud explosion occurred this Wednesday morning (20 September) at the airport of the holiday town.
According to a report in the Moscow Times, this led to a fire in an oil depot in the town in southern Russia, which gained international notoriety through the 2014 Winter Olympics. The newspaper published via Telegram videos of firefighters fighting the flames in Sochi.
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Several Telegram news channels also published videos of residents showing the fire from outside the premises. As the news channel Shot commented, the fire in Sochi burned on a tank with 1200 tons of fuel. According to the mayor of the city on the Black Sea coast, Aleksei Kopaigorodskii, the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning in a fuel and lubricant warehouse at the airport.
Around 60 firefighters and rescue workers were deployed to contain the fire, according to a report by Business Insider. In total, it had only spread to an area of just under 100 square meters. According to local authorities, there were no casualties and the fire has since been extinguished.
Several Russian Telegram news channels reported that the explosion was due to a Ukrainian drone strike. Officials have not yet commented on the cause of the fire. Also, no party has yet claimed responsibility for the alleged drone attack. However, Russia is on high alert because of the repeated Ukrainian drone attacks.
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At the moment, according to the Business Insider report, it is still unclear what the strategic value of the oil depot in Sochi is. However, the resort on the Russian border with Georgia is often visited by Russian head of state Vladimir Putin, for example to receive foreign dignitaries.
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In Russia, an oil depot caught fire – in the resort town of Sochi, where Vladimir Putin often stays. (Archive image) © Sergei Chirikov/dpa/pa/Archivbild
Among other things, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Putin in Sochi to discuss Russia's warming relations with North Korea, Business Insider added. The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet responded to a request for comment. (na)