Ukraine Strikes Again Inside Russia: Several Attacks in Rostov and Belgorod/Video

A brutal attack targeted a refinery in the Rostov district, and as rescuers arrived on the scene, a second attack ensued. Ukraine also attacked Belgorod again

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Ukraine Strikes Again Inside Russia: Several Attacks in Rostov and Belgorod/Video
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This evening, an oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk, located in the Rostov region, was attacked. Explosions were heard, and a fire broke out. "A fire broke out at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery due to a drone attack. Emergency services arrived at the scene.

Firefighting efforts were halted due to a new attack. Personnel were instructed to retreat to a safe distance," Governor Vasily Golubev said on his Telegram channel.

The refinery had previously been attacked.

Once the threat of further attacks had passed, firefighters resumed extinguishing the fire, using a fire truck.

"The fire covered an area of 100 square meters. According to preliminary information, there are no casualties or injuries. The data is being verified," Golubev said. A video showing a large fire at the refinery spread on social media.

Incidentally, the same refinery was attacked in March this year, with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate claiming responsibility at that time.

Russians also reported an attack on an oil storage facility in the Belgorod region.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked the oil storage facility in Stary Oskol with a drone. As a result, a tank caught fire. Four fire crews quickly extinguished it. The shock wave shattered the windows of a nearby guard post. There were no reports of casualties," said Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

The heaviest fighting is taking place in the Kherson, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is engaged in diplomatic talks across Europe, and in Doha, he discussed ways to end the war with the Emir of Qatar.

Putin is considering responding with "asymmetric measures" to the West's decisions to arm Ukraine.

Ukrainian air forces last night shot down 17 out of 18 "Shahed" drones over four regions during a night attack, according to a statement.

A Russian attack caused a fire at an infrastructure facility in the Khmelnytsky region, where one drone was shot down, the regional chief said. Emergency services worked to extinguish the fire, and local authorities reported no casualties.

The Ukrainian military shot down eight drones over the southern Mykolaiv region. Drones were also reportedly shot down over the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

A member of Ukraines 72nd Brigade Anti-air unit stands on the back of a ZU-23 anti-aircraft autocannon while using binoculars to© Chris McGrath / Getty Images

Russian forces also used two Iskander-M ballistic missiles to attack the Dnipropetrovsk region, the military reported.

Details on the damage from the missile strike were not immediately available. The Ukrainian electricity distributor "Ukrenergo" ordered emergency power outages in 12 regions overnight after consumption limits were exceeded due to ongoing power shortages.

The outages took effect in regions from Volyn to Lviv in the northwest, to Odesa in the south, and Zaporizhzhia in the east, Reuters reported. Ukrainian consumers were previously warned to limit consumption after recent Russian airstrikes caused significant damage to the country's production capacities.

Syrskyi and leadership place hopes in Western weapons

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, visited the areas of active fighting on the Kharkiv and Kupiansk fronts. Ukrainian officials are confident that the Western powers' permission to use their weapons for attacks on Russian territory will weaken the Russian military.

On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the response to the supply of long-range weapons to Ukraine could be asymmetric and that he will consider it. "Why then do we not have the right to supply our weapons of the same class to those regions of the world where attacks on key facilities of those countries that act against Russia will be carried out," Putin emphasized.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held talks in Doha with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The discussions focused on ending the war and returning children taken by Russia from Ukraine since the beginning of the war.

Kyiv is asking Ukrainians abroad who are 17 years old to return to Ukraine and register for military service as soon as possible. Due to significant losses and an insufficient number of mobilized soldiers, deserters are being engaged.

China at the peace summit in Switzerland?

The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Andriy Sybiha, called on Beijing to send a delegation to the planned peace summit on Ukraine scheduled for June 15-16 in Switzerland.

The Ukrainian diplomat, who is visiting China, hopes it is still possible to convince China to attend this summit, Reuters reported. Russia was not invited to participate in this meeting, and Beijing previously announced that it would stay aside, explaining that the presence of both warring parties is a prerequisite for any substantial peace conference.

"The Ukrainian side expressed hope that China's participation in the event could be a good opportunity to make a practical contribution to achieving a just and lasting peace in Ukraine," the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said after the meeting in Beijing between Sybiha and China's Deputy Foreign Minister Sun Weidong.

Ukraine stated that more than 100 countries have accepted its invitation to the summit, where the terms of the peace plan proposed by President Volodymyr Zelensky in an attempt to end the "Russian invasion that has been ongoing for the third year" will be discussed.

Moscow has deemed the idea of a peace summit without its participation as senseless, while Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to disrupt the conference. Just days before Moscow launched its attack on Ukraine in February 2022, China declared a "no limits" partnership with Russia, but it has taken a neutral stance in the conflict.

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