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Russia reports drone attacks on industrial site over 1,000 km from Ukraine

A Ukrainian drone strike on Russia's central Tatarstan region – hundreds of miles from the countries' shared border – wounded over a dozen people, health officials said Tuesday.

Kyiv has regularly hit Russian territory during Moscow's Ukraine offensive but strikes this deep into the country are rare.

The attack hit a building in a business park in the town of Yelabuga and targeted an oil refinery in Nizhnekamsk, both some 1,100 kilometres (690 miles) from the border.

"The Kyiv regime continues its terrorist activity," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. "Our military is working to minimise this threat and then completely eliminate it."

Two defence sources in Kyiv told AFP that Ukraine was behind the strikes, which they said hit a facility assembling Iranian-designed Shahed explosive drones.

Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov said there was no serious damage and production was continuing.

The region's health ministry said "13 people were wounded, including students and minors" in the strike on Yelabuga.

It said eight were hospitalised in a "mild to moderate condition" and that there was "no threat to their lives."

Videos on social media showed an aircraft-style drone flying into a two-storey building at a business park outside the city before exploding, sending a fireball into the air.

Citing emergency services, it said a resulting fire was put out within 20 minutes and production was not halted.

(AFP)


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