A fire at an oil depot in a Russian city bordering Ukraine

A fire at an oil depot in a Russian city bordering Ukraine

An oil depot in the Russian city of Bryansk on the Ukrainian border has caught fire. The fire spread to the depot and its environs in a very short time.

Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said on its website that the blaze started after midnight on Sunday. Fire service and rescue workers have already been dispatched to bring the fire under control. No casualties were reported.

An Emergency Situations Ministry official said there was no evidence that the fire had anything to do with the war in Ukraine. Last week, however, the Ukrainian army carried out a helicopter attack on a residential area in Bryansk. Six people were injured in the attack.

On April 1, a fire broke out at an oil depot in Belgorod, another Russian city bordering Ukraine. Russia has blamed Ukraine for the attack, but Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has denied the allegations.

Russia-Ukraine border 154 km northeast of Bryansk city. Across the border are the Ukrainian cities of Sumi and Chernihiv. Bryansk is 360 kilometers from the Russian capital Moscow.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the launch of a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 amid tensions surrounding the Western military alliance NATO. Two days earlier, on 22 February, he recognized the two eastern regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk (Donbass Republic), as independent states. Monday marks the 71st day of the two-month military operation.

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