Since the beginning of April, Russian strategic points have been affected by fires or explosions on the Ukrainian border but also on Russian soil.
Fuel depots, railways, a military institute … During the past month, several explosions and fires were reported in several cities in Russia, at strategic points. At this point, it is not clear in some cases whether these were Ukrainian incidents, assaults or acts of sabotage. Some of this damage occurred near the Ukrainian border, others several hundred kilometers away.
Altogether, according to the reported incidents, about fifteen points were affected. USA Today compiled the list.
Attacks on the Ukrainian border, but also elsewhere
In early April, the governor of the Belgorod region – the territory on the Ukrainian border – claimed that Ukrainian helicopters penetrated and hit a fuel depot, but Ukraine denies its participation in this attack. Then, on April 21, a military research institute in Tver, 160 kilometers north of Moscow, burned down, ultimately killing 17 people. In this case, the obsolescence of the electrical wiring of the building is called into question.
Soon, it was the Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant – north of Nizhny Novgorod – that appeared in the photos.
On April 25, this time on the side of the Ukrainian border, a fire broke out at the fuel depot in Bryansk, a city used as a logistics base for the Moscow military offensive in Ukraine.
On April 27, an arms depot located near the Russian village of Staraya Nelidovka, in the Belgorod region caught fire, the governor of Telegram reported. The causes of the fire were not clearly established, even if on the same day the governor of the neighboring Voronezh region announced that he had “successfully destroyed” a small reconnaissance drone, he did not specify its source.
On May 1, a fire broke out in a building of the Ministry of Defense, again in the Belgorod region. Earlier in the day, the governor of another Russian border region, the Kursk region, indicated on Telegram that part of a railway used for freight collapsed at bridge level, without causing any casualties. “It was sabotage, a criminal case was opened,” Governor Roman Starovit said, without naming the Ukrainian forces.
On Tuesday, a fire was reported in a warehouse for the manufacture of textbooks on the outskirts of Moscow, according to TASS. according to Daily Beastbelongs to the publisher Prosveshcheniye, its managers are pro-Kremlin and close to Putin.
Where do all these attacks come from?
Several hypotheses have been put forward to explain these different events. Some of these incidents are likely Ukrainian attacks, and Russia has on several occasions in recent weeks accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out strikes on Russian territory, notably two villages in the Belgorod border region and one village in the Bryansk region in mid-April, without confirming Kyiv.
But the country “has the right” to hit Russian military targets, however, Ukraine’s presidential adviser said last Thursday Mykhaïlo Podoliak, writes on Twitter That “Ukraine will defend itself by all means, including strikes on the warehouses and bases of Russian killers. The world recognizes this right.”
On the other hand, it is also possible that some of these events are due to Russian maintenance issues. Fatal fires, often due to poor electrical installations or non-compliance with safety standards, are still common in Russia.
On the Ukrainian side, Oleksiy Aristovich, Zelensky’s military advisor, said he doubted Ukraine’s involvement in the incidents, and noted that Russian officials were setting fires to cover up evidence of corruption. Washington Post.
It is still difficult at this time to determine the true relationship between the war in Ukraine and these incidents. On the other hand, while these explosions and fires raise questions in western Russia in the east The fire season has begun and hectares of forests are set ablaze in Siberia. Some see it as a direct result of the war, because part of the firefighters would have been mobilized to invade Ukraine.