- A major fire broke out at an airport in the Russian resort of Sochi on Wednesday.
- Telegram channels published footage of the fiery explosion, saying it was the result of a drone strike.
- Local officials said there were no injuries, and the fire was later extinguished.
New footage of an explosion in the Black Sea resort of Sochi showed the moment all hell broke out at an airport in the Russian city.
The fire broke out at a fuel and lubricants warehouse at Adler Airport in the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to Alexei KopygorodskyMayor of Sochi.
Kobaygorodsky wrote in a post on the Telegram app on Wednesday that there were no casualties and the airport had resumed work “as usual.”
Officials did not confirm the cause of the fire, but Russian Telegram channels reported Baza And shot It was reported that it was the result of a drone strike. The channels did not mention in their reports how they obtained this information.
People living nearby said they heard sounds similar to a “moped” shortly before a loud explosion occurred. According to Schott, Who wrote that a tank containing 1,200 tons of fuel caught fire.
The channel published footage of what appears to be an object falling on a fuel tank before the camera is overwhelmed by light.
About 60 firefighters and emergency services personnel worked to contain the fire, which did not exceed about 1,000 square feet, according to Kobaygorodsky.
The Moscow Times reported that the fire occurred at an oil depot belonging to Rosneft It posted footage of firefighters battling the flames.
The Mash, Caution and News channels on Telegram also posted several videos taken by nearby residents.
As of Wednesday, no party had come forward to claim responsibility for the suspected drone attack, although Russia has been on high alert for what it says are repeated attacks by Ukrainian drones.
Kiev has not said whether it was behind the attacks on Russian airports and facilities, but Ukrainian officials often speak approvingly of the attacks.
It is currently unclear what strategic value the Sochi oil depot holds. But the resort city, which lies on Russia’s border with Georgia and was the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Frequented by Russian President Vladimir Putinwhich often hosts foreign dignitaries there.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Putin in Sochi, where they met He spoke on Wednesday About Russia’s warm relations with North Korea.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside normal business hours.
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