Huge ‘explosion’ rocks arms factory deep inside Russia – killing two workers

A weapons factory deep inside Russia has been rocked by an “explosion”, which has reportedly killed two workers.

The factory at Perm, almost a thousand miles from the Ukrainian border, makes ammunition for the Russian rocket artillery systems that have been pounding Ukrainian cities.

Russia has acknowledged that a “fire” broke out at the factory at around 8pm on Sunday but offered no explanation as to the cause of the “accident”.

But Anton Gerashchenko from Ukraine ’s foreign ministry, tweeted a video clip of a burning building and claim that a “powerful explosion” had damaged the facility.

The video has not yet been independently verified.

The incident in the latest of several “accidents” at major industrial sites connected with Russia’s war on Ukraine, which are suspected to have been caused by Ukrainian saboteurs – or possibly anti-Putin groups within Russia.

After this latest incident, the Russian State Labour Inspectorate for the Perm Territory said in a statement: "According to the information received, on 05/01/2022, at about 20:00, a product caught fire at the production site N 12 of the Plastmassa production facility at the Perm Powder Plant FKP.

“As a result of the incident, 3 employees were injured, 1 of them died on the spot, 2 were taken to the hospital. Subsequently, another 1 worker died in the hospital."

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But Eastern European news site Visegrád reported: ”Massive explosion moments ago at the Perm gunpowder plant in Russia, which produces components for Grad and Smerch missiles as well as air defence systems," adding "Another case of sabotage?"

On April 25, major fires broke out at two oil depots in the Russian city of Bryansk, only around 100 miles from the Ukrainian border.

One of the sites was holding 10,000 tons of fuel reportedly for civilian use, while the second fire was at a military fuel depot holding 5,000 tons.

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Military analyst Rob Lee told the Guardian that the most likely cause of those fires would have been a Ukrainian missile, as destroying the depots would disrupt fuel supplies to the Russian military.

After analysing footage of the explosions he said “It sounds like something is flying through the air before the explosion. I think it was probably a Ukrainian attack, but we cannot be certain,”

"The fact that it was two separate sites not far from the border is important," he said.

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Another fire at a top-secret Russian defence research facility on April 21 reportedly killed 21 people.

The fire at the Iskander and S-400 Research Institute, according to official Russian reports, started due to faulty wiring.

On the same day, a major chemical plant near Moscow caught fire. No explanation has been offered for that incident.

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