Dramatic images emerge of the fire at a Russian oil depot near the Ukrainian border

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Dramatic images emerge on Monday of a huge fire that broke out at an oil depot in Russia about 60 miles from Ukrainian border.

The cause of the fire in Bryansk is unclear, but comes after Russia last month accused two Ukrainian helicopters of hitting a similar facility in Russia’s Belgorod region, southeast of Monday’s flames.

Photos posted online of the Bryansk fire show dense plumes of black smoke rising into the atmosphere, visible from miles away.

In this photo taken by an unnamed source, smoke rises from oil storage facilities hit by a fire in Bryansk, Russia on Monday, April 25.

In this photo taken by an unnamed source, smoke rises from oil storage facilities hit by a fire in Bryansk, Russia on Monday, April 25.
(AP)

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The depot is owned by a subsidiary of the Russian state company Transneft, which operates the Druzhba pipeline that transports crude west to other European countries.

The Russian Emergency Ministry said the massive fire at the depot in the city of Bryansk broke out overnight.

The Russian Emergency Ministry said the massive fire at the depot in the city of Bryansk broke out overnight.
(AP)

The Russian Emergency Ministry confirmed the fire and said that although it damaged a depot containing diesel fuel, the region has enough diesel for 15 days.

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Smoke rises into the sky during the fire in Bryansk, Russia on Monday, April 25.
(AP)

It was unclear whether the depot was part of the pipeline infrastructure, but Polish pipeline operator PERN said deliveries to Poland were not affected.

Ukraine did not make immediate comments on the fire.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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