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Multiple fires destroy military manufacturing plants deep inside Russia

Dec 05, 2023

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Video shared online depicts the latest fire at a Russian military-industrial manufacturing plant. Information from Ukrainian sources on Telegram and Russia’s Ministry of Transportation Telegram indicates the fire started on Sunday, Dec. 3, and burned through the night. 

Russian reports say the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Moscow Special-Purpose Vehicles Factory manufactures truck trailers and holds Russian government contracts for a “specialized car for a transportable pressure chamber.”

Traditionally, heavy vehicle factories in Russia also produce armored vehicles for the Russian Armed Forces.

This recent fire, covering an area of 21,000 square feet and located just 10 miles from the Kremlin, has not been claimed by Ukrainian forces or partisans. Nevertheless, two fires at manufacturing plants were reported in late November. 

On Sunday Nov. 26, an explosion at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant in Russia resulted in a severe fire. The plant produces engines for T-72 and T-90 tanks, Terminator armored fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery. The plant faced sanctions in 2023 from the U.S. and Ukraine for supplying engines to Russian troops.

Ukraine has not commented on the alleged attack; however, if it is responsible, this would mark its most distant attack behind enemy lines during the ongoing war. Chelyabinsk is located over 1,100 miles from the current front line.

Similarly, on Sunday, at the Smolensk Aviation Factory, located 200 miles from the front lines, Russia’s state media reported the downing of dozens of drones during an alleged terrorist attack in the region.

Ukraine’s military intelligence agency (HUR) promptly claimed responsibility for the explosion at the Smolensk Aviation Factory, where the plant produces Kh-59 cruise missiles.

According to The Telegraph, this attack was part of a retaliatory wave of 35 drones launched by Ukraine in response to a Saturday, Nov. 25, attack involving 70 Russian Shahed drones.

This attack wasn’t the first on the Smolensk Aviation Factory. During an October attack, also claimed by Ukrainian intelligence, three of the four UAVs hit the target, causing significant damage to the production facilities.

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