Russian Armed Forces sent attack helicopters to strike an oil storage facility in Voronezh to prevent the rapid advance of Wagner Group troops.
A massive fire erupted at an oil depot in Voronezh after it was targeted by attack helicopters.
Video posted on social media on Saturday appeared to show a Russian Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter strike using air-to-ground missiles, followed by a major fire at a facility, with flames reaching dozens of meters into the air.
Local sources report that Wagner’s fighters tried to seize an oil depot to supply their convoys with fuel.
The oil depot in #Voronezh, Russia was hit by a Ka-52 helicopter.
Wagner forces are confirmed to be present in Voronezh and advancing North from there.
The Russian Armed Forces have set up preliminary defensive positions South of Moscow. pic.twitter.com/oOx270u2aP
— ukraine_defence (@ukrdefence) June 24, 2023
Prigozhin claimed on Saturday local time that Wagner forces left Ukraine, where they had been fighting, and went into Russian territory, reaching the town of Rostov and Voronezh. He vowed in a series of social media posts on Friday that his soldiers would “destroy anyone who stands in our way.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to crush what he called an armed mutiny after the private army of mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin seized control of a southern city as part of an attempt to oust the military leadership.