Fuel tank on fire in Sevastopol, official says drone attack By Reuters

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© Reuters. A view shows smoke rising from an alleged drone attack in Sevastopol, Crimea April 29, 2023. REUTERS/Stringer


(Reuters) – A fuel tank caught fire in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol in what appeared to be a drone strike, the Moscow-based governor said on Saturday.

“According to preliminary information, the fire was caused by a drone,” Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, has suffered repeated airstrikes since Russia’s full-fledged invasion of its neighbor in February 2022. Russian officials have blamed the attacks on Ukraine.

Ukraine’s military did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday. Kyiv almost never publicly claims responsibility for attacks inside Russia or on Russian-held territory in Ukraine.

Razvozhaev said no one was hurt in Saturday’s fire.

“The situation is under the control of our firefighters and all operational services,” he wrote. “As the volume of fuel is large, it will take time to locate the fire.”

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