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​Ukrainian Drones Attacked the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant in russia

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The moment of explosion on an object in Lipetsk, russia
The moment of explosion on an object in Lipetsk, russia

On the night of February 24, drones of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukrine attacked the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant (NMP), which works for the russian army

The Security Service of Ukraine, together with the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, organized another drone attack on one of the objects on the territory of the russian federation, the Army_TV channel reports with reference to its own sources.

"This metallurgical plant works for russia's military-industrial complex and fulfills a large number of government orders. Raw materials from this enterprise are used for the manufacture of russian missiles, artillery and drones," the report says.

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It is not known exactly how many long-range strike drones were used, but it is noted that the drones targeted installations used for primary cooling of raw coke gas. "Work at the enterprise will not resume for a long time," Army_TV channel noted.

Novolypetsk Metallurgical Plant is located approximately 270 km from the border with Ukraine, so this target is achievable for various types of long-range strike drones that are in service with the Defense Forces of Ukraine. This plant is one of the largest ferrous metallurgy enterprises in the russian federation.

The so-called "Ministry of Defense" of the russian federation reacted to the attack by Ukrainian drones in the traditional style, declaring that several unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down over the territories of a number of russian regions, including Lipetsk.

Ukrainian Drones Attacked the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant in russia, the moment of an explosion in russia’s Lipetsk, Defense Express
The moment of an explosion in russia’s Lipetsk / Video screengrab

At the same time, the governor of the Lipetsk region, Ihor Artamonov, announced that there was a fire in one of the workshops of the Novolypetsk metallurgical plant, and that the cause could be "the fall of an aircraft." A little later, he actually duplicated information from the Ministry of Defense of the russian federation about the downing of two drones over the territory of the region. At the same time, the footage of the flight over the object on the territory of NMP is clearly visible on the released videos.

Since 2024, Ukrainian attack drones have been carrying out regular strikes on objects on the territory of the russian federation, first of all, a series of strikes were carried out on a number of oil refineries, and as of the beginning of February, there were already billions of losses as a result of effective hits by Ukrainian UAVs.

Ukrainian UJ-22 Airborne suicide UAV during the Army of Drones presentation, Defense Express
Ukrainian UJ-22 Airborne suicide UAV during the "Army of Drones" presentation
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