Terrified onlookers were filmed fleeing the blast which injured one person. The Russian gas station that was originally filmed on fire sent a huge ball of fire into the sky as it exploded. It is unclear if there were any signs of sabotage, the reports say.
A witness said: “There was an explosion at HPP Gusinoozerskaya.
“There was applause first, and then the sound reached (us) and there was a loud bang.”
He spoke of a noise “like a plane taking off.”
The regional capital Ulan-Ude was left without electricity.
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It comes after two drones flying from Ukraine struck a major Russian oil refinery near the border on Wednesday, the plant said, sending a ball of fire and black smoke billowing into the sky and prompting the plant to suspend production. production.
Russian regions bordering Ukraine have reported numerous attacks and shelling after Moscow sent its troops to its former Soviet neighbor on February 24 for what it calls a “special military operation.”
The Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov region said the first drone struck at 8:40 a.m. hitting a crude distillation unit, causing an explosion and fireball.
The second attack at 0623 GMT targeted crude tanks at the refinery, the largest supplier of oil products in southern Russia, but did not cause any fires, the plant said. Nobody was hurt.
Social media footage showed a drone flying towards the refinery, located just 8 km (5 miles) from the Ukrainian border, before a large ball of fire went up, prompting gasps from those near the refinery. camera.
The refinery has an annual capacity of up to 7.5 million tons and began operations in 2009.
The Russian Energy Ministry said the fire did not affect gasoline and diesel supplies to consumers in southern Russia.
Russia is also investigating the cause of a huge fire that broke out at an oil storage facility in the city of Bryansk, 154 km (96 miles) northeast of the Ukrainian border, in late April.