Russia has been hit by drones again. At least two oil and gas facilities in the west of the country were targeted overnight Thursday into Friday around 3 a.m., officials said.
Drone attacks in Russia
The acting governor of the Smolensk region, near the border with Belarus, Vasili Anokhin, said two long-range drones attacked objects at the fuel and energy complex around 3 am. The official added that although there was damage, no one was injured.
A Telegram channel allegedly linked to the Russian security services reported that it identified one of the targets as a refinery belonging to the state company Transneft, located in the village of Peresna in the Smolensk region.
According to the same source, the second drone targeted a gas distribution station and damaged an administrative building located in the village of Divasi.
Russians claim Ukrainian attacks on their territory
Russian air defense systems shot down several Ukrainian drones in the Kursk region near the border with Ukraine on Friday, according to Governor Roman Starovoit. He posted images of an apartment block and several houses that he said were damaged by drone strikes.
The governor of the neighboring Bryansk region, Alexander Bogomaz, accused Ukrainian forces of shelling two villages. He said two houses were set on fire but no injuries were reported.
The Kaluga region, which borders both the Bryansk, Smolensk and Moscow regions, but does not have a border with Ukraine, also reported explosions in the early hours of the morning. The governor of this region, Vladislav Şapşa, said that an “unidentified object” exploded upon impact in a forest and did not cause any damage.
Moreover, the number of drone attacks on Russian targets has increased considerably in recent weeks ahead of what is expected to be an imminent Ukrainian counter-offensive.