Monday, March 18, 2024

UKR Launches Far-Ranging Drone Attacks on Final Day RU’s Pres Vote, UKR Hit 12 RU Oil Refineries in Recent Attacks; Moscow Airport Targeted in Drone Strike; UKR Shows Successful Expulsion of RUs from Krasnohorivka; 63 Combat Clashes-24hrs; RU Loses 11 Tanks, 160 Sold, 28 Art-Sys, 24 Arm-Veh-1Day, LIVE UPDATES and LOTS MORE

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Ukraine launches far-ranging drone attacks on the final day of Russia’s presidential vote:
Ukraine launched a new massive wave of drone attacks Sunday as Russians cast ballots on the final day of a presidential vote set to extend President Vladimir Putin’s rule for another six years.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported downing 35 Ukrainian drones overnight, including four in the Moscow region.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said a fifth drone, close to the capital’s Domodedovo airport, was later downed on Sunday morning. No casualties or damage were reported.
According to the Defense Ministry, another two drones were shot over the Kaluga region just south of the Russian capital and the Yaroslavl region northeast of Moscow.
The attacks on the Yaroslavl region, which is located about 500 miles from the Ukrainian border, were some of the farthest launched by Ukraine so far.
More Ukrainian drones were downed over the Belgorod, Kursk and Rostov regions that border Ukraine and the southern Krasnodar region, the Defense Ministry said.
Belgorod Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said the Ukrainian shelling killed a 16-year-old girl Sunday and injured her father.
A drone fell on a refinery in the Krasnodar region, sparking a blaze that was extinguished a few hours later, according to regional authorities. A worker at the refinery died of a heart attack, officials said.
Refineries and oil terminals have been key targets of Ukrainian drone attacks.
The attacks followed a series of other Ukrainian drone raids and other attacks over the past few days that Putin described as an attempt by Ukraine to frighten residents and derail Russia’s presidential election. --->READ MORE HERE
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Ukraine war latest: 12 Russian oil refineries reportedly hit in recent attacks by Ukraine:
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) drones have recently successfully attacked 12 oil refineries in Russia, a source told Ukrainska Pravda, including an overnight attack on March 17 of an oil refinery in Slavyansk-on-Kuban in Krasnodar Krai.
The SBU carried out the most recent attack together with Special Operations Forces and the Unmanned Systems Forces, according to the source.
Residents of Slavyansk-on-Kuban reported hearing explosions in the town and said that a local factory was on fire, according to the Russian Telegram news channel Baza.
At least one refinery worker was killed, Baza and Russian news outlets claimed.
Russian media reported that the fire was most likely caused by a Ukrainian drone strike. Locals told the news channel Ostorozhno that a group of over five drones hit the facility.
In the past weeks, Ukrainian forces have launched a series of drone strikes aimed at damaging Russia's oil industry. Ukraine has hit oil refineries in Samara, Ryazan, Kaluga, Nizhny Novgorod, and Leningrad oblasts.
The targeted facilities account for about 12% of Russia's oil-processing capacity, Bloomberg reported on March 14. --->READ MORE HERE
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