HUR drones strike military targets in three Russian oblasts; Authorities claim intercepting all attacks

Fire at the Volgograd refinery, May 12
Fire at the Volgograd refinery, May 12

Drones of Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) attacked military targets in Volgograd, Kaluga and Lipetsk oblasts of Russia, NV’s sister publication Ukrainska Pravda reports, citing a source in the HUR on May 12, while Russian Defense Ministry denies any hits on Telegram.

Kaluganeftelektroprodukt, Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant, and Volgograd Oil Refinery were attacked.

Anonymous source noted that military targets were hit using Ukrainian-made UAVs.

“The work will continue,” he added.

Earlier, HUR drones attacked Lukoil's Volgograd refinery for the second time on May 11.

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Russian Defense Ministry, on the other hand, claims that they “intercepted” and “destroyed” six UAVs and two Tochka-U operational tactical missiles over Bryansk, Lipetsk, Volgograd, and Belgorod oblasts in Telegram on May 12.

They claim allegedly shooting down three UAVs over territory of Bryansk Oblast, two over territory of Lipetsk Oblast, and one in Volgograd Oblast, as well as claim destruction of two Tochka-U missiles over Belgorod Oblast.

But they also stated that a fire broke out at a refinery in Volgograd Oblast as a result of downed drone crash.

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Attacks on Russian oil refineries

Ukraine has regularly targeted oil refineries in Russia with long-range drones since the end of January.

Ukraine's SBU Security Service has carried out at least 13 successful attacks on Russian refineries, SBU head Vasyl Malyuk stated.

As a result, oil production and processing in Russia decreased by 12%, he said, adding that oil export revenues make up one-third of the Russian budget and the "lion's share" of the military budget.

Read also: Fire erupts after several drones strike oil depot in Russia's Krasnodar Krai - video

It is known that the following facilities have been targeted:

  • Tuapse oil Refinery on Jan. 24

  • Volgograd oil Refinery on Feb. 3

  • Afip oil Refinery on Feb. 9

  • Ilya oil Refinery on Feb. 9

  • Lukoil-Nizhny Novgorodnefteorgsintez Plant on March 12

  • Ryazan oil Refinery on March 13

  • Kaluga oil Refinery on March 15

  • Syzran oil Refinery on March 16

  • Kuibyshevsk oil Refinery on March 16

  • Slavyansk oil Refinery on March 17

  • Novokuibyshevsk oil Refinery on March 23

  • TANECO oil Refinery on April 2

  • Ilsky oil Refinery on April 27

  • Slaviansk-ECO oil Refinery on April 27

  • Ryazan oil Refinery on May 2

Politico reported that Russia was running out of gasoline as a result of drone attacks on refineries on April 30. It was noted that diesel prices for Russian consumers rose by almost 10% over the week. Gasoline prices have increased by 20% since the beginning of the year.

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