Local officials stated on Sunday that Russian attacks destroyed an oil refinery in the central Poltava region and targeted “Critical Infrastructure,” most likely oil installations, near the port city of Odesa.
Russian soldiers have assaulted Odesa, Ukraine’s biggest naval base, as well as other Black Sea ports such as Mariupol and Mykolaiv. It would provide Russia with a land corridor from Crimea to Transniestria, a Russian-speaking separatist territory of Moldova that hosts Russian forces, if it were to be captured.
Attacks against oil facilities have been common.
The sole fully operational oil refinery in Ukraine was in Kremenchuk, 250 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of Kyiv along the Dnipro river.
The refinery was damaged in a rocket strike on Saturday, according to Dmytro Lunin, governor of the Poltava district.
“The refinery fire has been put out, but the facility has been completely devastated and is no longer operational,” he explained.
Shauntv was unable to independently verify the refinery’s demise. Last year, the factory processed 3.2 million tonnes of oil, and its loss might be a major setback for Ukraine’s defense efforts.
According to an assistant to the interior ministry, several missiles also hit Mykolaiv.
An oil refinery and three fuel storage facilities near Odesa were damaged by Russian missiles, according to Russia’s defense ministry. Ukraine has utilized them to supply its forces near Mykolaiv, according to the report.
According to Vladyslav Nazarov, a member of Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command, a missile attack on “important infrastructure” occurred. Two columns of dense, black smoke rose into the gloomy sky before spreading out across the metropolis.
“All of the necessary systems and structures are operational… There have been no confirmed casualties “Nazarov continued. Shauntv was unable to corroborate the attack’s details.
On television, Odesa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov declared the situation “under control,” adding, “Homes, civilian infrastructure, and roofs have been damaged.”
Vika, a local resident who did not want her last name used, said her family awoke to loud explosions near their home.
“There was smoke, the kids were terrified, the windows had been blown in… it was frightening,” she claimed.
Russia denies that it has attacked civilians.
On February 24, Russian forces entered Ukraine in a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its neighbor, according to the Kremlin.
Ukraine and the Western countries that support it reject this as a basis for an aggressive conflict.