WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Multiple regions in Russia experienced drone attacks, causing explosions at an oil depot and leading to fighter jets being deployed near St. Petersburg.
- Drones carrying explosives landed at a Rosneft oil depot in Tuapse and near a Russian Defense Ministry barracks in the Krasnodar region.
- Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg was shut down temporarily due to an “unidentified flying object,” which turned out to be part of a training exercise.
Chaos erupted in Russia overnight as drones swarmed multiple regions, sparking an explosion at an oil depot and the deployment of fighter jets near St. Petersburg, according to local reports. The attacks occurred in the Krasnodar, Bryansk, and Belgorod regions, as well as the Republic of Adygea and Moscow.
In the Krasnodar region, a drone strike occurred at around 2 a.m., landing less than 100 feet from a Russian Defense Ministry barracks. Two drones filled with explosives landed at a nearby Rosneft oil depot in Tuapse, sparking a blaze that was “quickly extinguished,” according to the Russian outlet Baza.
Fighter jets were deployed to take down an “unidentified flying object” near Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, causing a temporary shutdown of the airport.
According to local authorities, incoming and outgoing flights were temporarily halted, though no reason was given for the move. However, Russia’s Defense Ministry later claimed that the whole thing had simply been a training exercise and the airspace was reopened. There were no reports of injuries in any of the attacks.
The attacks are part of what local media described as a “mass drone attack” that appears to have intensified in the last 24 hours.
While the authorities have not attributed the attacks to any particular group or individual, pro-war Russian military bloggers suggest that the drone attacks could be “preparation for a spring offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, when the purpose of such strikes will be to destabilize the home front and spread mass panic among Russians.”
Source: The Daily Beast