A MAJOR oil supply hub in Russia has been hit by a mysterious explosion, the latest in a series of explosions of key facilities linked to the war in Ukraine.
Thick black smoke was seen billowing from train cars filled with oil at the facility in the Angarsk region amid claims that saboteurs are working to disrupt Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
The train cars were ignited by a fire and smoke from the explosion could be seen 27 miles away in Irkutsk.
It took some 35 firefighters to contain the latest fire in Angarsk, which covered 4,300 square meters.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the inferno in Angarsk, six time zones east of the Russian capital Moscow.
It comes as one expert claimed that attacks on Russian oil refineries and shopping malls are the work of spies from the CIA and NATO allies.
Former Army Special Operations veteran Jack Murphy claims that other European intelligence agencies have “sent agents to Russia to create chaos”, as has Ukraine.
“The campaign involves long-established sleeper cells activated by Allied intelligence to impede Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine by waging a covert war behind Russian lines,” Murphy said in a post online.
“The campaign is responsible for many of the unexplained explosions and other mishaps that have befallen Russia’s military-industrial complex since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.”
He cited anonymous US sources, including three former intelligence and two military officials, and an American “who has been briefed on the campaign”.
No US spies on the ground were involved, he said, but the attacks had used “allied intelligence” and were reportedly authorized by US President Joe Biden.
His claims follow weeks of explosions and fires at shopping malls and power facilities.
On Christmas Eve, an inferno hit a large warehouse of the defense-related All-Russian Institute of Light Alloys in Moscow.
And a fire engulfed a military base in Moscow, raging for more than four hours.
Separately, a massive explosion hit a major Russian gas pipeline some 560 miles from the Ukrainian border.
Mick Mulroy, a former CIA paramilitary officer, was quoted as saying, “Russia has had a major problem keeping up with its logistical supply lines.
“These attacks further complicate her efforts to supply her troops.”
They also serve to sow doubt in the minds of the Kremlin, as they show that Putin “has no control over what happens in his own country,” Mulroy added.