A suspected drone attack set fire to an oil depot in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi early Wednesday, just miles from one of President Vladimir Putin’s palaces.
Images circulating on social media showed huge flames and plumes of smoke billowing from a fuel tank, which bore the name of one of Russia’s major oil companies, Rosneft, in the early hours as fire crews worked to put out the fire.
The fire broke out near Sochi International Airport, which is near the popular beach and mountain resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held and where Putin’s sprawling summer residence is located.
Huge flames erupted from a fuel tank in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi early Wednesday. Shooting
The fire broke out near Sochi international airport in the early hours of a suspected drone attack. Social networks/e2w
Authorities did not immediately provide the cause of the massive fire and said it was still under investigation.
But the Telegram channel Baza, close to the Russian security services, claimed that the fire was the result of a drone attack.
“In the Adler district of Sochi, a diesel fuel tank caught fire early in the morning,” the governor of Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, Veniamin Kondratyev, wrote on Telegram.
“There are no victims,” he continued. “The reasons for the incident are being clarified.”
Authorities did not immediately provide the cause of the massive fire. Typical Sochi/east2west news
Huge plumes of black smoke rose over Sochi, the popular beach and mountain resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held. Social media/e2w
Sochi Mayor Alexei Kopaygorodskiy confirmed later on Wednesday that the fire had been extinguished, adding that 15 emergency vehicles and 60 workers were needed.
“The airport and the entire transportation system are functioning normally,” he said on Telegram.
Since Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine last year, numerous Russian cities have been the target of drone attacks that the Kremlin blamed on kyiv.
Ukrainian officials have not commented on the latest alleged drone attack.
With postal cables