A Russian oil refinery less than 80 miles from Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea ironclad palace was rocked by a major explosion on Tuesday in a suspected drone or sabotage attack.
Flames and thick, noxious black smoke poured from the Krasnodar oil refinery following the alleged attack, which comes as Ukraine steps up its counteroffensive.
The blaze engulfed the Krasnodar Oil Refinery, at a diesel processing plant, requiring more than 130 firefighters to battle the aggressive blazes, Kuban News reported.
Krasnodar, the capital of the region of the same name, is linked to the annexed Crimea through the Kerch Strait.
The city is a key part of Putin’s war effort and serves as a supply hub for occupied Crimea.
It is also not far from Putin’s billion-dollar complex on the shores of the Black Sea, in the resort town of Gelendzhik.
Nicknamed “Putin’s Palace”, the sumptuous 190,000 square foot residence is equipped with a hockey rink, a wine cellar, a hookah lounge, a casino, a strip pole -tease, of a church and a double-tunnel fortified bunker that could protect the Russian leader if a catastrophic strike.
Putin and his friends could survive for weeks inside the home bunker, located less than 80 miles from Tuesday’s powerful blast.
The Krasnodar region also suffered radio hacking on Monday from the anti-Putin partisan group Freedom of Russia Legion.
While interrupting the broadcast, a representative of the group spoke of plans to take over Crimea, promising to destroy “war criminals”, according to the Telegram channel “Attention, news”.
Meanwhile, a missile strike more than 400 miles away on the southern Zaporizhzhia front reportedly killed a top Russian general on Monday, according to state media.
“As a result of an enemy missile attack, the Chief of Staff of the 35th Combined Arms Army, Major General Sergei Goryachev, was killed,” one of Russia’s proxy leaders said in a statement. the region, Voenkor.
Pro-Kremlin war reporter Yury Kotyonok also shared news of Goryachev’s death, which came on Russia Day, the country’s national holiday.
“War takes away the best” Kotyonok wrote on Telegram on Tuesday. “The Army today lost one of the most brilliant and effective military leaders, who combined the highest professionalism with personal courage.”
Goryachev is the 10th Russian general to be killed during the war, according to independent Russian media.
The Zaporizhzhia region, largely controlled by Russian forces, is seen as one of the main axes of Ukraine’s counterattack.