Russia hits key Ukrainian oil facilities in Odesa and Kremenchuk | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russian missiles hit oil refineries near the important Ukrainian port of Odesa and in Kremenchuk, in central Poltava.

Russian attacks destroyed an oil refinery in central Poltava and hit “critical infrastructure”, most likely oil facilities, near important port city of Odesasaid local officials.

Kremenchuk, 250 km (150 mi) southeast of Kyiv along the Dnipro River, houses Ukraine’s only fully operational oil refinery.

Dmytro Lunin, governor of the Poltava region, said on television that the refinery was destroyed in a missile attack on Saturday.

“The fire at the refinery has been extinguished but the facility has completely burned down and is no longer operational,” he said.

The refinery destruction cannot be independently verified. Last year, the plant processed 3.2 million tons of oil and the loss could be a blow to Ukraine’s defense efforts.

Several rockets also hit Mykolaiv, an interior ministry aide said.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that its missile destroyed an oil refinery and three fuel storage facilities near Odesa. It says they were used by Ukraine to supply its troops near Mykolaiv.

Vladyslav Nazarov, an officer of Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command, said on Telegram that there had been a missile attack on “critical infrastructure”. Two thick columns of black smoke could be seen rising into the gray sky before spreading over the city.

“All related systems and structures are operational… No casualties reported,” added Nazarov.

Odesa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov said on television that the situation was “under control”, adding: “Houses, civil infrastructure, roofs have been damaged.”

Odesa is the main base of the Ukrainian navy, along with other Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea such as Mariupol and Mykolaiv. If implemented, it would provide Russia with a land corridor from Crimea to Transnistria, a Russian-speaking breakaway province of Moldova that is home to Russian troops.

Vika, an Odesa resident who declined to give her last name, told Reuters news agency her family was woken up by powerful explosions near their home.

“There was smoke, the kids panicked, the windows were blown… it was horrible,” she said.

Russia denies attacking civilians.

The strikes come as Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is scheduled to visit the city to deliver humanitarian aid to the city government.

Russian forces Invasion of Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarizing and “demilitarizing” the neighboring country.

Ukraine and the Western countries that support it reject it as a baseless pretext for a war of aggression.

Ukraine estimates 20,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced since the invasion began.

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