A fire broke out at the Transneft-Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk on the night of April 25. According to the press service of the Bryansk region government, the oil depot's tank farm caught fire.
Head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the fire. The Ukrainian General Staff and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate did not comment on the explosions in any way.
The press service of the Regional Emergencies Ministry Directorate said the fire was assigned an elevated ranking. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.
«The fire has been confirmed by the Ministry of Emergency Situations <...>. There is also a confirmation of the oil tanks catching fire. All the rescue services have been sent to the affected area», the message of the Ministry of Emergency Situations says.
RIA Novosti says two residents who live next to the oil depot heard two explosions. The news agency claims they gave a negative answer to the question of whether they had seen helicopters flying over the oil depot.
On April 1, a large fire broke out at the Rosneft oil depot in Belgorod. The governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, claimed at the time that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had been behind the fire. At first, he said two employees of the depot were injured but their lives were not in danger, but later he specified there had been no casualties.
A high level of terrorist alert was introduced in the Belgorod, Bryansk, and Kursk regions bordering Ukraine, as well as in two border districts of the Voronezh region and in the north of Crimea. In addition, the Russian authorities introduced a similar regime in several districts of the Krasnodar krai.