Russia Investigating Fuel Depot Explosions & Fire Near Ukraine Border Amid 'Pattern' Of Incidents

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Apr 25, 2022 - 02:00 PM

A massive fire raged overnight into the morning and daytime hours at a Russian oil storage facility and logistics hub on Monday in the city of Bryansk, which lies a mere 100 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Widely circulating social media footage is fueling speculation that the fire could have been the result of either a Ukrainian missile strike, or perhaps covert sabotage - in addition to the possibility of yet another strange 'accident' - the third such mystery blaze in as many days. As we detailed earlier, many commentators noted the timing, which corresponded with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meeting face-to-face with President Zelensky in Kiev.

Stretching back a bit further into last week, regional media notes of the string of fires at sensitive facilities, "The Bryansk fire is the fourth fire in a short time since fires at Russia's industrial and development infrastructure sites in Tver, Korolyov and Kineshma last week."

Friday had seen a facility belonging to Russia's secretive Central Research and Development Institute of Aerospace Defense Troops in Tver go up in flames - with at least seven people reported killed - and then hours later the Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant was scene of a huge blaze from unknown causes. 

As for Monday's incident, Russian emergency response authorities have since said the cause of the blaze is under investigation and that there were no casualties from the incident. 

Citing Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations, Reuters details that "the fire had broken out at a facility owned by oil pipeline company Transneft at 0200 Moscow time (2300 GMT), and that there had been no need to evacuate any parts of Bryansk, a city of 400,000 people," according to the ministry.

"The Russian Energy Ministry said there was no threat to diesel and gasoline supplies in the Bryansk region after the incident and there were enough fuel stockpiles," the report addded.

Commenting on the now widely circulating but unverified footage of the Bryansk blaze, The New York Post writes, "Footage on social media showed a wall of flames raging around a giant fuel reservoir after what sounded like two explosions about 100 miles northeast of Ukraine."

And further, "Another video showed what looked like another fire burning at a second location in Bryansk." Two fires hitting the same facility but in different locations of the complex indeed suggests some kind of sabotage or direct attack.

Meanwhile, some pro-Ukraine pundits have been hailing the string of mystery explosions and fires as a "win" for the Ukrainian side as the war now focused in Donbas grinds on...

And according to the description in Yahoo News: "The fire, visible from miles away according to unverified social media footage, also hit diesel storage tanks in Bryansk, western Russia, the news agency Interfax reported an unnamed source as saying."

"The BBC's Steve Rosenberg said via Twitter that local television in Bryansk had also reported diesel tanks on fire, adding that they were a military facility," the report said.

Lately there have been significant rumors circulating among US national security pundits that the Biden administration has decided to dramatically ramp up active covert operations in support of the Ukrainian military. Are we now beginning to see sabotage efforts underway inside Russia itself? If so it would certainly mark a huge and dangerous new escalation with Moscow.