A drone attacked a factory in St. Petersburg, a fire broke out: details emerged
Russia reported an attack by a Ukrainian drone on the Leningrad region on the morning of January 31. The drone was allegedly shot down by the S-400.
At the same time, it fell very successfully on the territory of the Nevsky Mazut plant: a fire broke out there, writes the St. Petersburg edition of Fontanka. And sources in the GUR confirmed to OBOZ.UA that the Ukrainian drone won a "fight" with Russian air defense.
The report emphasizes that the unknown drone was shot down using S-400 Triumph.
"Air defense systems were used today at 4:20 a.m. against an object flying over Kolpino. The drone was shot down, but still managed to reach the Nevsky district and crashed on the territory of the Nevsky Fuel Oil plant," the journalists said.
At the same time, they hastened to reassure Russians that nothing terrible had happened.
"According to preliminary data, there was no serious fire, three empty tanks were quickly extinguished. According to initial information, there were no injuries," the statement said.
The St. Petersburg authorities called the UAV attack an "incident on Glukhoozerskoye Highway" and also reported no casualties and "no damage to property."
Instead, OBOZ.UA's sources in the Main Intelligence Directorate confirmed the hit and that the Ukrainian UAV had won a "duel" with Russian air defense in the skies over St. Petersburg.
Despite the loud statements of the authorities and the media, eyewitnesses to the "incident" doubt that the morning attack really had any significant consequences.
"According to eyewitnesses, after the drone crash in St. Petersburg on the territory of the Nevsky Mazut plant at 15 Glukhoozerskoye Shosse, the entrances to the enterprise were blocked by special services until 9 a.m., and smoke and fire were observed on its territory. The drone attacked the plant at about 4:20 am," the Russian Telegram channel VCHK-OGPU writes.
The public also refutes the St. Petersburg edition's claim that Nevsky Fuel Oil got off with a "mild scare."
"The Nevsky Fuel Oil facility suffered significant damage after the UAV attack. Buildings, tanks and vehicles were destroyed," the statement said.
Fontanka previously wrote that the residents of St. Petersburg were woken up this morning by a powerful explosion that could be heard in different parts of the city. At that time, the "Carpet" plan was introduced at Pulkovo airport: the sky over the "northern capital" was closed from 03:53 to 05:11 Moscow time.
Several flights were delayed and departed later.
The newspaper also published complaints from St. Petersburgers about the "pop" that woke them up.
"We live on Piatiletok Avenue in St. Petersburg. Around 5 a.m., something thumped loudly outside the window. Basically, it sounded like thunder, but only one rumble.", "04:47, a loud bang or explosion in the area of Tavriyskaya Street", "At 4:45-47 there was an extremely strong explosion. Walls and windows shook in Krasnogvardeisky, Nevsky and Tsentralny", "In Kolpino and Telman at the beginning of five, a loud bang was heard, maybe a plane going supersonic", "Something just banged loudly near Moskovsky railway station, windows rattled in the apartment", Russians complained in a row.
Fontanka also published a video from super-view webcams: it clearly shows the sound of a powerful explosion, after which the cars' alarms went off. Air defense systems are not heard.
Instead, the unsuccessful attempts of the Russians to shoot down the drone can be heard in other videos that also recorded the sound after the UAV hit.
Nevsky Mazut started operating in 2001, and its first specialization was the production and supply of marine fuel. In 2002, it began supplying bunker fuel, and since 2003, it has been running its own bunker operations in the port of St. Petersburg.
Today, Nevsky Mazut's activities include bunkering, export, transshipment, storage of gasoline and diesel fuel, and transportation of petroleum products.
The day before, on January 30, an explosion occurred in Moscow near a thermal power plant. It caused a puff of black smoke to rise into the sky.
Also on the same day, Russians complained about a drone attack on an oil depot in Kaluga, and the day before, a UAV attacked an oil refinery in Yaroslavl.