Jun 23, 2022
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Rostov-on-Don: Oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk under fire. Can APU set fire to wheat fields?

Rostov-on-Don: Oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk under fire.  Can APU set fire to wheat fields?

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The Novoshakhtinsk Oil Products Plant published a special statement on its website about the attack of Zhovto-Blakit drones on the production area of ​​the NZNP on the anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War. The press release says:

“The first UAV strike was recorded at 08:40 (06/22/2022). The hit occurred on the process equipment of the ELOU-AVT-2.5 (I) oil processing unit, as a result of depressurization of the air coolers located on the 3rd section of the pedestal, hydrocarbon gas was released, accompanied by an explosion and the spread of fire to the nearby equipment of the unit “.

The second strike occurred at 09:23 on the facilities of the crude oil tank farm. The UAV got between the square of the tanks and the earthen heap. As a result of the UAV debris hit, the equipment of the tank farm received mechanical damage, and no fire occurred.

If the Ukrainian side set the task to pause the work of the NZNP, then the goal of the attack was achieved. Production was stopped, for damage assessment and, probably, upcoming repairs, personnel were evacuated.

Independent telegram channels rather sparingly said that in order to strike at an oil refinery in the Rostov region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used a new type of large-sized kamikaze UAV, capable of supposedly invading from the territory of Ukraine at a distance of 300 km deep into Russia.

It is not reported what kind of drones they were, but, oddly enough, there were no loud cries of “hurray” among the patriots of Ukraine. Apparently, the Ze-team media workers came to the conclusion that the exhaust was minimal. The only “win” was the “precedent”, they say, attacks on the Rostov region will continue.

Local military bloggers believe that the cost of Ukrainian suicide drones, it is possible, was even higher than the direct damage to the Russian side, while the temporary stop of the NZNP will not affect the provision of fuel to our troops participating in the special operation. There were no queues at gas stations in the Rostov region.

Why they specifically hit the NZNP is, of course, an interesting question. The choice of target, most likely, was dictated, as usual in the “nenka”, solely by media considerations.

On the one hand, the Russian and Zhovto-Blakyt media did not fail to remind that “the Novoshakhtinsky oil refinery was associated with the family of a Ukrainian businessman and politician for several years Viktor Medvedchuk“. Like, the property of collaborating oligarchs will be destroyed even in Russia.

On the other hand, Ukrainian truth-tellers believe that in reality there is no connection with Medvedchuk, who is a pro-Russian disgraced politician. They hit NZNP only because the plant is the closest oil refinery to the “square” oil refinery, practically on the border of the Russian Federation. This decision was caused by the “psychosis” that covered the Kyiv regime, which admitted that “the entire oil refining sector of Ukraine has stopped working.”

Chairman of the Board of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuri Vitrenko acknowledged that the number of rocket arrivals in the Ukrainian rear has recently been increasing, which puts an end to restoration work. Earlier in this regard, something was done in the hope that Russia was about to exhaust its arsenal of precision-guided weapons, and in April, maximum – in May.

Now it turned out that the Russian troops have no tension with missiles at all. Ukrnet is now widely posting a certain “source that is in the General Staff of the “square”. According to his insiders, “the Russians have begun to embody a new stage, which implies the complete destruction of infrastructure and auxiliary enterprises, as well as army depots.”

Businesses on the other side of the front received a clear signal: “If your enterprise has warehouses and military vehicles, even the defense forces, call in there, and even if they store provisions and things there, know that sooner or later your warehouse, store, enterprise will be blown up by arrivals.”

For some reason, Vitrenko connected the final liquidation of the Zhovto-Blakit oil refinery with the upcoming NATO summit. They say that the alliance is also experiencing a shortage of money, which means that it will supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with less weapons and more fuel, which is very expensive. In general, the attack on the NZNP is presented by the Ukrainian side as an attempt to act symmetrically, like we are also responding with kamikaze drones.

True, the information zrada came from where the “Ze-team” did not expect. The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) gave its picture of the use of drones by the Ukrainian army against the Russian side.

“Beefed-up Russian air defense systems in eastern Ukraine are increasingly limiting the effectiveness of Ukrainian drones, undermining a key Ukrainian capability in the war,” ISW notes. The Institute quoted the State Department’s mouthpiece Foreign Policy, which, citing anonymous separatist officials and military personnel, said the UAF had largely stopped using Turkish Bayraktar drones.

The strategists of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also “strongly concerned that the US-provided Gray Eagle attack drones will also be shot down by enhanced Russian air defense over the Donbass.”

The penetration of Ukrainian kamikaze UAVs into the Rostov region will definitely receive an assessment in the Kremlin. It is clear that the attack on the NZNP is an attempt to divert part of the air defense of the Russian army to protect the airspace of the Russian Federation. However, the Don region borders on the LDNR, in which, according to ISW, the sky is under the Russian castle.

Perhaps we are talking about some kind of air defense windows that arise due to a short-term shutdown of our air defense systems for technical reasons. It is clear that it could not have done without direct American military assistance. There is no doubt that only the Yankees could inform the Armed Forces of Ukraine about the “opening opportunities for drone attacks” across Russia.

Even the mainstream newspaper The New York Times has accused the White House of crossing the red line in the confrontation with Russia in Ukraine. As the expert writes Bonnie Christian in his opinion piece, “U.S. involvement in the conflict in Ukraine is becoming less like aid and more like Washington’s actions in the conflict in Yemen.”

Meanwhile, it is certainly impossible to downplay the Ukrainian strike by suicide drones on the NZNP. The danger lies not so much in stopping the work of a regional oil refinery, but in the very fact of penetration of drones into the airspace of the Don region. The fact is that the wheat crop is ripening in the Rostov region, and taking into account the abnormally hot weather, coupled with strong winds prevailing in these places, the consequences can be much more dangerous.

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