VIDEOS purport to show blazes at oil depots near Kiev, Lugansk
Unverified videos widely shared online purport to show oil storage sites in Ukraine and Donbass being engulfed in flames
A clip that has been widely circulated by the Ukranian media purports to show a fire raging at an oil depot in the city of Vasilkov, located to the south-west of Kiev.
In a message posted on social media, the Kiev city administration called on local residents to seal windows, warning about potential spread of toxic fumes in the vicinity of the fire. Vasilkov is home to a Ukrainian Air Force base.
Another clip is alleged to show a blaze ravaging an oil depot in the city of Rovensky in the Lugansk People’s Republic in Donbass, which has been recently recognized by Russia. About 200 tons of diesel fuel continue to burn in the city, LPR representatives told RIA Novosti on Sunday, claiming that the facility was rocked by two explosions.
RT cannot independently verify the videos.
The reports come as the Russian “special operation” in Ukraine goes into its fourth day. The Russian military maintains that it’s targeting military infrastructure only in line with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to “demilitarize” Ukraine to “defend” the people of newly-recognized Donbass republics from Kiev’s “agression.” On Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian leader ordered a pause in the advance of the military while waiting for a response from Kiev to the negotiation offer. Claiming that the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected the talks, the Kremlin said that the operation would resume. Kiev, however, insisted that it was still ready to negotiate, denying reports that it refused dialogue.
As of Saturday evening, there have been conflicting reports whether Kiev wants to proceed with the talks. Zelensky’s adviser Alexey Arestovich told the Ukrainian media that Kiev would not sit down for the talks just now, arguing that the terms proposed by the Kremlin were unacceptable. Another Zelensky adviser, Mikhail Podolyak, told media that Ukraine was still open to a potential meeting with the Russian representatives, but would not accept “ultimatum-like conditions of the Russian side.”