ARussian authorities reported a fire at the Novolipetsk steel plant (NLMK), in the western Lipetsk region. Images posted on social media show a large fire.

The Ukrainian security services (SBU) claim that the factory produces weapons for Russian forces in Ukraine.

“The drone attack on the Novolipetsk steel plant was carried out jointly by two Ukrainian special services: the SBU and the GUR [servi├žos secretos militares]”, stated the SBU.

NLMK states on its official website that it is “the largest steel producer in Russia”.

Previously, the Russian army claimed to have intercepted two drones over the Lipetsk region and another over the Kursk region, which borders Ukraine.

The governor of the Lipetsk region, Igor Artamanov, reported on the Telegram network that there had been a “fire in an NLMK workshop”, ensuring that the fire had been extinguished and appealing to the population “not to panic”.

The Russian military offensive on Ukrainian territory, launched on February 24, 2022, plunged Europe into what is considered the most serious security crisis since World War II (1939-1945).

Ukraine’s Western allies have supplied Kyiv with weapons and approved successive sanctions packages against Russian interests to try to diminish Moscow’s ability to finance the war effort.

The conflict, which is now entering its third year, has caused the destruction of important infrastructure in several areas of Ukraine, and an undetermined number of civilian and military victims.

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