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Fire disrupts Novatek operations at Russian Baltic gas terminal after reported Ukrainian drone attack

Fire are major Novatek oil and gas products export terminal on Baltic Sea. (Photo by Leningrad regional administration)

A rapidly spreading fire disrupted operations of Russian natural gas supplier Novatek at the Ust-Luga export terminal 0n the Baltic sea coast after a suspected Ukrainian drone attack, according to news agencies.

Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform said the State Security Service of Ukraine claimed responsibility for the attack on the port, which Novatek uses to process stable gas condensate into naphtha, jet fuel, fuel oil and gas oil.

"Fuel is processed there, which, in particular, is also supplied to the troops of the Russian Federation," an unnamed source told Ukrinform "A successful attack on such a terminal has caused not only economic losses to the enemy, depriving the invaders of the opportunity to profit off waging war in Ukraine, but also greatly complicates fuel supply routes for the Russian military."

Administrators of the Leningrad region of Russia, home to the export terminal, said no casualties were reported in the fire and that other areas of critical infrastructure in the region have been put on high alert.

Local news agency said two drones carried out the attack, and published images of what it says were the moments after the first attack and the flight of the second drone.

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