Drones target Rosneft oil facilities in Voronezh and Ryazan

Both the Ryazan Refinery and Voronezhnefeprodukt, which were hit on May 1, are owned by Rosneft
Both the Ryazan Refinery and Voronezhnefeprodukt, which were hit on May 1, are owned by Rosneft

Overnight drone attacks struck key Russian oil facilities, including the Ryazan oil refinery and the Voronezhnefteproduct facility in Voronezh Oblast, Astra Telegram channel reported on May 1.

Both the Ryazan refinery and the Voronezhnefteproduct facility, owned by Rosneft, were targeted. A drone reportedly crashed on the premises of the Voronezhnefteproduct facility in the village of Staraya Pokrovka early in the morning. Despite the crash, there have been no reports of damage or injuries at this location.

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Alexander Gusev, the regional governor, stated that a total of three drones were "detected and shot down" in Voronezh Oblast. Although he did not confirm an attack on the Voronezhnefteproduct facilities directly, he reported that debris from one drone caused damage to three private residences, affecting windows, facades, fences, and doors.

Voronezhnefteproduct sells fuel through its own filling stations and serves small wholesale consumers from oil depots, reported the Russian agency Interfax. Voronezhnefteproduct runs four oil depots and seven mini-terminals.

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Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the attack, stating that Russian air defense allegedly "destroyed and intercepted" six Ukrainian drones overnight on May 1 in four Russian oblasts: three in Voronezh Oblast, one in Ryazan Oblast, one in Belgorod Oblast, and one in Kursk Oblast. Russian authorities claimed the drones were aircraft-type.

Attacks on Russian oil refineries

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Since late January, Ukraine has been frequently targeting Russian oil refineries with long-range drones.

According to Ukraine's SBU Security Service, at least 13 strikes on Russian refineries have been recorded.

Oil extraction and processing in Russia have decreased by 12% after the strikes.

One-third of the Russian budget comes from revenue generated by oil product exports, which also contributes significantly to the military budget, said SBU Chief, Vasyl Maliuk.

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