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Blast sparks oil depot blaze near Putin’s Sochi resort as ‘Olympics city hit by Ukraine kamikaze drones for first time’


A MASSIVE explosion rocked an oil depot just 18 miles from Putin’s palace on the Black Sea today.

Shocking footage showed huge flames and thick black smoke pouring into the air from the giant fuel tank in the Russian resort of Sochi.

More than 60 firefighters battled the blaze in the Russian resort of Sochi

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More than 60 firefighters battled the blaze in the Russian resort of SochiCredit: East2West
Shocking footage showed huge flames and thick black smoke pouring into the sky

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Shocking footage showed huge flames and thick black smoke pouring into the skyCredit: East2West
Locals said there was an explosion sounding like a 'clap of thunder' before the 5am inferno

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Locals said there was an explosion sounding like a ‘clap of thunder’ before the 5am infernoCredit: East2West

It’s understood the city was targeted for the first time by Ukrainian kamikaze drones.

Locals said there was an explosion like a “clap of thunder” before the 5am inferno at the diesel tank.

Thick black smoke wafted over the city – but officials said the fire hadn’t affected the busy Sochi airport.

Krasnodar regional governor Veniamin Kondratyev said more than 60 firefighters were on scene battling the blaze.

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“The reasons for the incident are being clarified,” he said.

The tank reportedly contained 1,200 tonnes of diesel.

Viktor Alksnis, a politician known as the Black Colonel, suggested Ukraine was targeting Putin’s official residence, Bocharov Ruchey.

It’s where the Kremlin leader met Belarus ally Alexander Lukashenko at the weekend. 

And Putin, 70, routinely runs his government from Sochi – especially in the summer months.

It’s also the base of his lover Alina Kabaeva, 40, who presides over an elite gymnastics academy in the resort. 

“It seems that the favourite vacation spot of the President of the Russian Federation, the Bocharov Ruchey residence near Sochi, will become inaccessible for security reasons,” Alksnis said.

“Ukraine is conducting a real hunt for Putin. 

“If indeed in this case it was an attack by a Ukrainian drone, then the Bocharov Ruchey residence is already the third attempt to attack the official residences of the president with a UAV.

“The first attack was on May 3 on the Kremlin, the second on September 5 at Zavidovo.”

He added: “I wonder if these attacks on Putin’s residences will be regarded as crossing red lines?”

Sochi is 420 miles from the nearest Ukrainian-controlled territory – a long distance for a drone. 

But Ukrainian fighters have previously unleashed drones from inside Russia.

The tank reportedly contained 1,200 tons of diesel

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The tank reportedly contained 1,200 tons of dieselCredit: East2West
Thick black smoke was seen from miles away after the blast

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Thick black smoke was seen from miles away after the blastCredit: East2West
Putin working out in his Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi

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Putin working out in his Bocharov Ruchei residence in SochiCredit: East2West

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