Deputy PM Stefanishyna comments on US calls to cease strikes on Russian refineries

Olha Stefanishyna
Olha Stefanishyna
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Ukraine has already responded to alleged calls by the United States to stop attacks on Russian oil refineries "by achieving its goals and very successful operations" conducted inside Russia, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said at the 16th Annual Kyiv Security Forum on March 22.

She was responding to a recent article in the Financial Times, which had alleged that a number of U.S. officials had pressured Kyiv into stopping Ukrainian attacks against Russian oil refineries, over fears that global gas prices could rise.

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However, statements by other officials indicate that Russian oil refineries are absolutely legitimate targets from a military point of view, said the official.

"We understand the call of our American partners,” Stefanishyna explained.

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"At the same time, we are fighting with the capabilities, resources, and practices we have today,"

She also recalled how in February 2022, she spoke with NATO Headquarters about playing their role and appealing to the UN to close the skies over Ukraine.

"In the NATO sense, closing the skies means destroying the infrastructure in the Russian Federation that makes it possible to bomb Ukrainian cities, factories that produce missiles, so we are actually acting in accordance with the best NATO standards’," Stefanishyna said.

Attacks on Russian refineries

Recently, Ukraine’s SBU security service has successfully attacked at least 12 oil refineries in Russia recently, Reuters reported on March 17, citing a source in the service.

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This figure does not take into account the operations of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry (HUR), which also carries out strikes on Russian refineries using drones.

According to the CEO of Gunvor Group Ltd. Torbjörn Törnqvist, Russia has lost about 600,000 barrels of daily refining capacity as a result of Ukrainian drone strikes.

A fire broke out at one of the plants in the city of Slaviansk-na-Kubani in Krasnodar Krai of the Russian Federation as a result of a drone attack overnight on March 16-17.

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Several Russian refineries in different regions have been attacked by drones over the past week. Ukrainian intelligence and the SBU confirmed their involvement in some of these attacks in comments to NV.

Drones attacked the Kursk, Belgorod, Tula, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, Oryol oblasts of Russia overnight on March 11-12, as well as Moscow. In the city of Oryol, explosions were heard near an oil depot where a fire broke out. A Lukoil oil depot in the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast was also ablaze.

Drones attacked the Voronezh, Kursk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Leningrad, and Lipetsk oblasts of Russia overnight on March 12-13, as well as an oil refinery in Ryazan, where a serious fire broke out.

A fire broke out at two refineries in Russia’s Samara Oblast overnight on March 15-16, which Russian media claimed to have been the result of a drone attack.

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