A Russian oil refinery less than 80 miles from Vladimir Putin’s ironclad Black Sea palace was rocked by a major explosion Tuesday in a suspected drone or sabotage attack.
Flames and thick, noxious black smoke poured out of the following the alleged attack, which comes as Ukraine escalates its counter-offensive.
The blaze ravaged the Krasnodar Oil Refinery, in a diesel processing facility, requiring over 130 firefighters to combat the aggressive flames, local Kuban News reported.
Krasnodar, the capital of the region by the same name, is linked to annexed Crimea across the Kerch Strait.
The city is a key component of Putin’s war effort and serves as a hub for supplying occupied Crimea.