Ukraine claims drone strikes on Russian oil facilities behind enemy lines

The source added that it was one of more than 20 such attacks Ukrainian forces have carried out in recent months against the Russian oil industry and related infrastructure.

Ukraine’s security forces say they carried out drone attacks overnight that struck two oil depot facilities deep inside Russia, hitting more targets in a sustained campaign against the Russian energy industry.

A source within Ukraine’s defence and security forces told the Kyiv Independent that drones operated by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) hit an oil depot in Adygea Republic and an oil storage terminal in Tambov Oblast early on June 20.

Russian authorities had reported fires breaking out at oil facilities in those two regions, without providing details on the cause. The Ukrainian source said the strikes targeted a Lukoil depot in Adygea and a fuel warehouse belonging to Tambovnefteprodukt company in Tambov.

The source added that it was one of more than 20 such attacks Ukrainian forces have carried out in recent months against the Russian oil industry and related infrastructure. The facilities are used to process and store raw materials and products intended for Russia’s armed forces.

Ukraine has launched the cross-border drone campaign to degrade Moscow’s ability to sustain its invasion by targeting a key source of revenue – Russia’s lucrative oil and gas sector.

Just two nights earlier, the SBU also claimed strikes against oil depots in Russia’s Rostov region near the Ukrainian border.

While Ukraine has not officially confirmed the responsibility for the strikes inside Russia, they signal a new military strategy of taking the war into Russian territory after more than 15 months of Moscow’s forces battering Ukrainian cities and towns.

Russia’s oil and gas industries remain a key economic lifeline for funding its military operations in Ukraine despite Western sanctions. Ukrainian officials have warned that all facilities supporting Russia’s war machine, even those based within Russian borders, are now considered legitimate targets.

In addition to crippling industrial sites, the strikes could further fuel concerns within Russia about the geographically vast country’s vulnerability to attack from Ukrainian forces using unmanned systems or saboteurs.