RUSSIA has been rocked by huge explosions and a massive fire following a suspected strike by Ukraine.
The blaze erupted at the Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk with flames seen across the entire city.
Russia was rocked by huge explosions[/caption]
Massive explosions also rang out and locals were evacuated from their homes close to the inferno.
The oil depot is likely to be vital for supplying Russia’s troops as they attempt to take control of the Donbas.
The government’s press office said: “The Emergency Situations Ministry has confirmed there’s a fire.
“There’s also a confirmation that it’s the fuel tanks.”
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A fire was also reported at a military base in the area but this is so far unconfirmed.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry initially posted details of the second blaze before deleting it.
Telegram channel Voenny Osvedomitel reported the alleged fire could be at the 120th arsenal of the Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate.
No cause for the blaze has been given yet and there is no indication it is linked to the Ukraine war, Reuters reports.
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Last week, Kremlin officials claimed Ukrainian helicopters hit residential buildings and injured seven people in the area.
The Bryansk region borders Ukraine and is around 240 miles from Moscow.
The Druzhba pipeline is the world’s longest oil pipeline and one of the biggest oil pipeline networks in the world.
It comes after Russian troops stormed towards Donbas to launch their battle to seize the East.
Vladimir Putin this weekend claimed besieged Mariupol is now in Russia’s hands.
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But defiant Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of his hope for victory during an Easter Sunday address as the battle entered its third month.
He said the “great holiday today gives us great hope and unwavering faith that light will overcome darkness, good will overcome evil, life will overcome death, and therefore Ukraine will surely win”.
Flames could be seen billowing over the Bryansk region[/caption]
Locals were evacuated from their homes[/caption]
A huge plume of black smoke rises over the city[/caption]
The fire is still raging this morning[/caption]
The oil storage depot is likely to be vital for supplying Russia’s troops[/caption]
A fire was also reported at a military site but this has not been confirmed[/caption]
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