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Drone attacks oil tank at airfield inside Russia – governor

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KYIV, Dec. 6 (Reuters) – A drone strike on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region set fire to an oil storage tank, a governor said on Tuesday, a day after Russia accused Ukraine of daring drone strikes on two military airfields deep inside Russian territory. .

Roman Starovoyt, the governor of the Kursk region bordering Ukraine, said on the Telegram messaging app that there were no casualties in the attack and that the fire was “localised”. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the reports.

Russia’s defense ministry previously said Ukrainian drones attacked two air bases in Ryazan and Saratov in south-central Russia on Monday, killing three servicemen and wounding four, and damaging two aircraft.

Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for any of the attacks. If it were behind them, Monday’s attacks would be the deepest in Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

The New York Times quoted a senior Ukrainian official as saying the drones involved in Monday’s attacks were launched from Ukrainian territory and that at least one of the attacks was carried out with the help of special forces close to the base.

Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International shared images it says showed burn marks and objects near a Tu-22M aircraft at Dyagilevo Air Base.

Russia’s defense ministry said Monday’s attacks were acts of terror designed to disable long-range aircraft and that the low-flying drones were shot down. The deaths were reported at the Ryazan base, 185 km southeast of Moscow.

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Saratov is at least 600 km (370 mi) from the nearest Ukrainian territory. Russian commentators said on social media that if Ukraine could strike that far into Russia, it might be able to hit Moscow as well.

Ukrainian military analyst Serhiy Zgurets said the air bases hit Monday were the only facilities in Russia that could be fully used for bombers used to launch attacks against Ukraine.

“It is still too early to say what is going on here, but the ability of the armed forces of Ukraine to reach military targets deep in the territory of the Russian Federation has a very symbolic and important meaning,” he wrote on the Espresso TV. website.

There was no immediate response from Kiev or Moscow to the latest report of a drone strike in Kursk.

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Russia responded to Monday’s attacks with a “massive strike against the military control system” and other targets using high-precision air and naval weapons that hit all 17 targets, the Russian defense ministry said.

Ukraine warned there would be another emergency blackout in several regions as it repaired damage from rocket attacks, it said, destroyed homes and cut power.

The attacks, which plunged parts of Ukraine back into icy darkness with sub-zero Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) temperatures, were the latest in weeks in which critical infrastructure was hit.

At least four people were killed, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, adding that most of the approximately 70 missiles were shot down.

“There will be emergency power outages in many regions,” he said in a video address late Monday. “We will do everything we can to restore stability.”

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Russia has been regularly attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure since early October in an effort to degrade its military, it says. Ukraine says such attacks target civilians and constitute war crimes. Russia denies that.

The United States said it would convene a virtual meeting with oil and gas executives on Thursday to discuss how it can support Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia would fail in its “current effort to basically get the Ukrainian people to raise their hands”.

“The point is this, unless and until Russia shows it is interested in meaningful diplomacy, it has nowhere to go. If and when it does, we will be the first willing to help,” he said at the Wall Board of CEO Street Journal in Washington.

Russia says it is conducting a “special military operation” in Ukraine to rid it of nationalists and protect Russian-speaking communities. Ukraine and its allies accuse Russia of an unprovoked war to seize territory.

FIGHTING IN DONETSK

The Ukrainian army said on Tuesday that its forces had repelled Russian attacks in or around seven settlements in the Donetsk region, including the town of Bakhmut, in the past 24 hours.

Russian soldiers tried to cut off roads to Bakhmut from the west and northwest, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said on YouTube.

Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko told Ukrainian television late Monday that only about 12,000 people remained in Bakhmut, from 80,000 before the war, and that there was no electricity or gas.

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In Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region, at least two people were killed and several homes destroyed by Russian missile strikes on Monday, an official from the presidential office said.

Reuters video showed two bodies next to a damaged car in the village of Novosofiivka, about 25 km (16 mi) east of the city of Zaporizhzhia.

“Both my neighbors were killed,” said Olha Troshyna, 62. “They were standing by the car … waving goodbye to their son and daughter-in-law.”

Ukraine’s air force shot down more than 60 of more than 70 missiles fired by Russia on Monday.

Reporting by Reuters agencies; Written by Stephen Coates; edited by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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