Ukrainian drones strike Russian factories more than 1,200km away

2 April 2024, 13:24

APTOPIX Russia Ukraine War
APTOPIX Russia Ukraine War. Picture: PA

Twelve people were injured in the attack on facilities near the cities of Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk.

Ukrainian drones attacked industrial facilities in the province of Tatarstan, Russian authorities said on Tuesday.

The strike would be Kyiv’s deepest inside Russian territory since the war began more than two years ago.

The attack on facilities near the cities of Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk, located some 1,200km (745 miles) east of Ukraine, injured 12 people, Russian regional authorities said.

Russia Ukraine War
Ukraine and Russia have been at war for more than two years and neither side has been able to make a dent in the front line (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)

In recent months, Russian refineries and oil terminals have become priority targets of Ukrainian drone attacks, part of stepped-up assaults on Russian territory.

Ukrainian drone developers have been extending the weapons’ range for months, as Kyiv attempts to compensate for its battlefield disadvantage in weapons and troops.

The unmanned aerial vehicles are also an affordable option while Ukraine waits for more US military aid.

Neither side currently has the capacity to make much of a dent on the around 1,000-km(620-mile) front line.

Ukrainian security and intelligence officials said they targeted a “drone-production site” in Yelabuga, Tatarstan, using Ukrainian-produced long-range drones.

Tatarstan is known for its high level of industrialisation, and a factory near Yelabuga has reportedly built Iranian-designed Shahed exploding drones.

Russia Ukraine War Greece
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last year that his country had developed a weapon that hit a target 700km away (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

The Ukrainian officials also said that intelligence services were involved in an overnight attack on the Nizhnekamsk oil refinery.

It was a rare claim of responsibility, as Kyiv officials normally decline comment about attacks on Russian soil, though they sometimes refer obliquely to them.

Russia has commonly used Shahed drones for aerial attacks on Ukraine, including major barrages deploying up to 90 of them at a time in a bid to overwhelm air defences.

Tatarstan officials said the attack did not disrupt industrial production, while Nizhnekamsk’s mayor said the attempt to strike a refinery was thwarted by air defences.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Kyiv was trying to divert attention from its military setbacks by attempting to strike the Russian territory “to persuade its Western sponsors that it remains capable to confront the Russian military”.

Speaking during a meeting with the top military brass, Mr Shoigu claimed that Russian troops have gained more than 400 square kilometres since the start of the year.

Russia Ukraine
Russian refineries and oil terminals have been targets of Ukrainian drone attacks whilst Russia has repeatedly targeted the country’s power grid (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian military was taking steps to strengthen defences against such attacks.

“The military is working to minimise this threat and eventually remove it altogether,” he said.

Ukraine has previously launched drone attacks in and around St Petersburg, which lies about 1,000km (620 miles) north of the border. But the facilities in Tatarstan, a province on the Volga River, appear to be the most distant target Ukraine has tried to hit.

In recent weeks, Russian refineries and oil terminals have been targets of Ukrainian drone attacks, part of stepped-up assaults on Russian territory, including long-range drone attacks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last year that his country had developed a weapon that hit a target 700km (400 miles) away, in an apparent reference to a drone attack on Russian soil.

Late last year, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister for digital transformation, said the government was bent on building a state-of-the-art “army of drones” and that its value to the war effort will be evident by the end of this year.

Ukraine trained more than 10,000 new drone pilots last year, he said.

Ukraine has also developed deadly sea drones that have struck Russian navy ships in the Black Sea.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s air force said on Tuesday that it intercepted nine out of 10 Shahed drones launched overnight by Russia in the latest attack on the country’s power grid.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Sydney Sweeney hit back at the comments about her.

Sydney Sweeney hits back at 'sad and shameful' producer who said she ‘can’t act’ and ‘isn’t pretty’

Lost Star Trek Model

Long-lost first model of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise finally returned home

United24 ambassadors

Polish man suspected of aiding Russian plot to assassinate Zelensky arrested

Trump Hush Money

Two jurors dismissed from Trump hush money trial

Indonesia Volcano

Thousands evacuated and tsunami alert issued after Indonesian volcano eruption

APTOPIX Trump Hush Money

Jury selection enters pivotal stretch as Trump’s hush money trial resumes

Croatia Election

Croatia’s conservatives believe majority is close despite inconclusive vote

Fire and smoke rise out of the Old Stock Exchange, Boersen, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen and Paris mayors discuss lessons learned after fires wreck landmarks

California Google News

Google fires 28 staff after office sit-ins to protest cloud contract with Israel

A police forensic officer at the Christ the Good Shepherd church in suburban Wakely in western Sydney, Australia

Sydney bishop says he ‘forgives’ alleged attacker after church stabbing

French construction worker Damien Guerot

French hero gains Australian residency for confronting shopping centre killer

Firefighters work on a building that was partially destroyed after a Russian bombardment in Chernihiv, Ukraine (Francisco Seco/AP)

Russia reports downing five Ukrainian military balloons

Police officers clean the debris from an earthquake in Uwajima, Ehime prefecture, western Japan

Strong earthquake in Japan leaves nine with minor injuries, but no tsunami

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump meets with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda

Poland’s president becomes latest foreign leader to visit Donald Trump

German far-right politician of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Bjorn Hocke, centre, attends his trial in the state court in Halle, Germany

Far-right politician stands trial in Germany over alleged use of Nazi slogan

Belgium EU Summit

EU leaders vow to impose tougher sanctions on Iran as Ukraine pleads for support