Ukraine: fire in Crimea, the city of Nova Kakhovka targeted

Tensions in Ukraine escalated further on Saturday

Ukraine: fire in Crimea, the city of Nova Kakhovka targeted

Tensions in Ukraine escalated further on Saturday. A major fire has broken out at an oil depot in Sevastopol, the home port of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea. Later in the day, the town of Nova Kakhovka in southern Ukraine's Kherson region was left without power after "intense" Ukrainian artillery fire, local authorities said. by Russia. Here's what we know about the offensives in Ukraine.

“A fire is in progress at an oil depot in Kazatchia Bay […]. According to initial information, it was caused by a drone attack,” Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvojayev wrote on Telegram, stressing that “no one was injured.”

Sixty firefighters have been dispatched to the scene to fight the fire which rages over an area of ​​around 1,000 square meters and should not be brought under control until evening, he added. "The situation is under control", assured on Telegram Mr. Razvojayev, saying that "civilian infrastructures are not threatened". Quoted by the state-run Ria Novosti news agency, he later told reporters that a total of four oil tanks were damaged in the attack and "burned out".

Drone attacks are reported on an oil reserve in occupied

"Due to intense artillery fire today...Nova Kakhovka was left without electricity," the military and civil administration installed by Russia in the city, which had 45,000 inhabitants before, said in a statement. the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine in February 2022.

Repair work to restore electricity will begin as soon as the "cruel" artillery fire ends, the statement said, citing "damage" to the municipal power plant and transmission lines.

Five villages in the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, were deprived of electricity on Saturday after Ukrainian artillery fire, local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. "The village of Novaya Tavoljanka was targeted by fire from Ukrainian forces today," the governor wrote on Telegram. "Transmission lines were damaged," he said, adding that this village and four other nearby towns were left without power.