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10:20 02 Apr 2024

Ukraine's intelligence strikes Shahed drones assembly plant and oil refinery in Tatarstan

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Ukrainian drones targeted an enterprise in Russian Tatarstan, located over 1,000 km away from Ukraine, where Shahed attack drones are assembled. Additionally, the UAVs attacked an oil refinery nearby.

This was reported by Hromadske and RBC-Ukraine, citing a source from the special services.

The factory assembling Iranian Shahed UAVs, which the Russians brand as "Geran-2", was targeted in an attack by the Ukrainian intelligence agency.

"Significant destruction of production facilities was recorded," the source stated.

Additionally, Ukrainian drones launched an attack on an oil refinery in Tatarstan, not far from where the Shahed drones assembly plant was also targeted.

As the source noted, these were joint actions of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Forces.

Meanwhile, Russian media reported that the incident occurred at the "Taneko" refinery in Nizhnekamsk.

According to preliminary data, the drone hit one of the installations. A fire broke out.

Photo: Russian media

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On April 2, Ukrainian drones attacked enterprises in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, marking the first such incident. The explosions were audible in the "Alabuga" special economic zone, home to various industrial and manufacturing facilities, which lie over 1,000 kilometers away from the Ukrainian border.

The local authorities of Tatarstan have already confirmed the attack. The so-called head of the republic, Rustam Minikhaniv, said that an attack by unmanned aerial vehicles was carried out on enterprises in the cities of Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk.

Additionally, according to the Russian media, the drones also struck the dormitory housing the employees of the enterprise. There are reported casualties.

As Rubryka reported, in 2024, a total of 15 drone attacks targeted 13 oil refineries across nine regions in the Russian Federation. Out of these, eight facilities sustained significant damage.

The drone strikes on Russian refineries resulted in a 16.6% decrease in gasoline production and a 7.4% decrease in diesel fuel production at the end of March, compared to last year.

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