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Russian Novatek gas terminal on fire in Ust-Luga

It is located 850 km away from the Ukrainian border.

Russian Novatek gas terminal on fire in Ust-Luga
Photo: Russian media

On the night of 21 January, the terminal of the Novatek gas storage facility caught fire in the port of Ust-Luga, Leningrad Region, Russia, according to local media reports.

"The Novatek terminal is on fire in the port of Ust-Luga. The staff has been evacuated and the fire is being extinguished," the report said.

According to the Russian media, shortly before the fire in Ust-Luga, Russian air defence spotted two UAVs flying towards St Petersburg. As they approached the city, they changed course and headed towards Kingisepp District of Leningrad Region.

The drones attacked the Novatek gas storage facility. The plant processes stable gas condensate and is located in the coastal zone next to a specialised terminal where the products are stored.

At the time of the explosion, three large tankers were at the berths, having arrived in Ust-Luga from Belgium, Oman and Libya.

The Russian Ministry of Defence later announced that it had repelled a drone attack on Orel, Tula and Smolensk regions. Later, information appeared online that drones had attacked the Shcheglovsky Val military plant. Pantsir-S and Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems are assembled there.

There are no reports of any damage or consequences. Leningrad Region is not mentioned at all.

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