The oil depot in the Russian city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, caught fire this Friday after being attacked by two Ukrainian armed helicopters that entered Russian territory at low altitude, the governor of the region Vyacheslav Kladkov said.
Preliminary reports show that at least two members of the facility staff were injured. About 70 people were involved in the firefighting operation, the five levels of intensity are listed in magnitude 2.
The fire damaged eight fuel tanks of 2,000 cubic meters and could spread to eight other places, the emergency services said.
Firefighters and emergency crews continued to work at the scene Friday to try to contain the blaze. Residents in the areas surrounding the depot were evacuated. A spokesman for the company that owns the warehouse said the warehouse staff had also been evicted.
In the aftermath of the attack, local officials said they were shifting the logistics chains of fuel supply to service stations.
“The situation is stable. There will be no fuel shortage, no, there will not be, “said Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the region.
Belgorod authorities evacuated residents to safer areas on three streets near the depot. According to Mayor Anton Ivanov, buses are already waiting for them and they will be provided with everything they need.
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