Ukraine striking Russian oil is legitimate self-defense — France

Stéphane Séjourné
Stéphane Séjourné

Ukraine’s ongoing campaign of drone strikes at Russian oil refineries constitutes legitimate self-defense, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said on April 2.

Commenting on the most recent Ukrainian attack on a Russian refinery, Sejourne said that France sees no issue with it.

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“These strikes on Russian refineries hardly warrant a comment from us,” the minister said at a join press briefing with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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“The Ukrainian people are acting in self-defense at their discretion.”

However, Blinken reiterated that the United States does not support "strikes by Ukraine within Russian territory."

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On April 2, two UAVs attacked the Elaz-Nefteproduk oil refinery and a Shahed drone manufacturing plant in Yelabuga, Tatarstan.

The attack was the latest in nearly two months-long string of Ukrainian UAV strikes against Russian oil processing facilities. According to recent media reports, the United States has privately asked Ukraine to halt the campaign. Bloomberg estimated that since February, Kyiv has managed to take as much as 12% of Russia’s oil refining capacity out of commission.

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