Ukraine strikes key Russian oil pipeline that supplies Europe

Ukrainian military target Russian oil depot

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A Ukrainian rocket has reportedly struck a key Russian oil pipeline that normally sees 33 million tons of oil transit through it on its route from Russia into Europe, bypassing Ukraine. Experts who arrived at the scene said the oil station was left slightly damaged and without electricity. The blast has also reportedly left a funnel with a diameter of 20 metres. The impact was made along the Tochkoy-U section of the Druzhba oil pipeline in the Bryansk region of Russia, near the Novozybkov oil pumping station.

There were no reported casualties, although personnel were been evacuated in a timely fashion.

More than 33 million tons of oil pass are said to pass through the Druzbha pipeline into Europe per hour. The system has been dubbed the Friendship Pipeline and is one of the longest in the world.

It carries oil around 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) from the eastern part of European Russia to Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.

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