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Ukraine May Be Preparing an Attack on the Largest Oil Refinery in Moscow

Drones with cameras conduct reconnaissance of the territory around the largest oil refinery in Moscow.

The last time the quadcopter was noticed near the Gazpromneft refinery in Kapotnya at noon on August 27, the Baza telegram channel writes . According to him, the police officers who arrived at the scene did not find explosives on the drone, but found a video camera. At the same time, the operators of the drone could not be found.

Prior to this, in early March, the police detained a 37-year-old man who was taking pictures in the area of ​​the oil refinery on Kapotnya Street. It turned out that he was a native of Ukraine and came to Russia shortly before the start of the war.

After that, on March 13, local residents noticed a drone flying through the Borisov Ponds in the south of Moscow towards Kapotnya. It was not possible to establish to whom it belonged.

Another drone appeared on the night of March 14 near the Kakhovskaya metro station in Zyuzino. He was also heading towards the refinery. Employees of the National Guard identified two drone operators and detained them.

The Gazpromneft refinery in Kapotnya provides 40% of Moscow’s needs for gasoline and 50% for diesel fuel, and is also the main fuel supplier for the capital’s airports. In fact, every third car in Moscow is refueled with fuel from this refinery.

The plant is also considered one of the largest taxpayers among Moscow enterprises. It was the first in Russia to switch to the production of Euro-5 ecological class motor fuel. In 2018, the refinery processed 11 million tons of oil. The volume of production of high-octane gasoline of ecological class 5 reached 2.23 million tons, diesel fuel – 2.16 million tons, kerosene – 630 thousand tons, bituminous materials – 1.02 million tons.

The Ukrainian armed forces have begun using drones to strike Russian territory in order to respond to massive rocket attacks from the Russian army and psychologically immerse Russians in the atmosphere of an ongoing war, Ukrainian military sources told The Economist .

According to them, the primary targets of drones in Russia are “fuel depots, logistics, ammunition depots and delivery routes.” At the same time, most of the work has recently been focused on airfields near the borders of Ukraine, from where missile strikes are launched.

Since early summer, Russian authorities have been reporting drone attacks almost daily. Drones shoot down in Moscow, the Moscow region, Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk regions, as well as in the annexed Crimea.