RUSSIAN Oil Refineries Shut Down After Drone Attacks as Ukraine Targets Russian Oil Income

Joe Blogs
18 Mar 202424:30

TLDRIn this episode, Joe Blogs delves into the impact of recent Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian oil refineries, coinciding with Russia's presidential election weekend. Highlighting the strategic significance, he explains how these attacks, targeting six refineries in six weeks, exacerbate Russia's economic woes, drive fuel prices up, and could severely affect Russian inflation and overall economy. Blogs also discusses the Russian presidential election's lack of competition against Putin and speculates on the broader economic implications of the continued refinery attacks. With an analysis of the election candidates and the potential long-term impacts on Russia's economy, this video offers an insightful update on current geopolitical dynamics.


  • 🔥 Attacks on Russian oil refineries by Ukraine have intensified, with six refineries hit in the last six weeks, causing significant economic impacts.
  • 🏆 Despite the upcoming Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin's victory is seen as almost certain, with little awareness or competition from other candidates.
  • 📈 Russian fuel prices have surged due to refinery attacks and production cuts, potentially leading to increased inflation and economic strain.
  • 🛩 The long-range drone strikes on Russian refineries highlight vulnerabilities and the capability of Ukraine to conduct operations deep inside Russian territory.
  • 💡 The targeting strategy of Ukrainian attacks is unpredictable, spreading across various regions of Russia, making defense efforts challenging.
  • 💰 The economic repercussions of refinery attacks could be massive, with potential losses in the billions if operations are disrupted for extended periods.
  • 🛠 Russia faces challenges in repairing damaged refineries due to sanctions, loss of Western technology, and expertise.
  • 👉 The Russian election landscape features little-known candidates against Putin, reflecting a lack of political competition.
  • 🛡️ Ukraine's strategic shift to target Russian oil and gas infrastructure signifies a new phase in the conflict, aiming to weaken Russia economically.
  • 💵 The continuous attacks on oil infrastructure could force Russia into further production cuts, exacerbating the economic impact.

Q & A

  • What were the specific events in Russia during the presidential election weekend?

    -During the presidential election weekend in Russia, Ukrainian forces conducted attacks on Russian oil refineries.

  • How did President Putin react to the attacks on Russian oil refineries?

    -President Putin reacted furiously to the attacks, claiming that Ukraine was attempting to sabotage the presidential elections.

  • How many oil refineries in Russia have been hit by Ukrainian attacks in the last six weeks?

    -Six oil refineries in Russia have been hit by Ukrainian attacks in the last six weeks.

  • What is the distance of the drone strike from the Ukrainian border to the Syzran oil refinery in Russia?

    -The drone strike on the Syzran oil refinery in Russia was over 1,100 kilometers (more than 700 miles) from the Ukrainian border.

  • What was the impact of the Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian fuel prices?

    -The Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian oil refineries led to a significant increase in fuel prices in Russia, contributing to inflation.

  • How many candidates are running against President Putin in the Russian election, and can you name any?

    -There are three candidates running against President Putin in the Russian election: Nikolai Katanov, Vladislav Ankov, and Leonard Slutski.

  • What has been the result of the drone attacks on Russian oil refineries in terms of production and financial losses?

    -The drone attacks have caused closures and reductions in production at the refineries, leading to significant financial losses for Russia.

  • What new tactic has Ukraine employed in its conflict with Russia, as discussed in the video?

    -Ukraine has employed the tactic of targeting Russian oil and gas infrastructure with drone attacks as a new approach in the conflict.

  • What are the potential consequences of the continued Ukrainian attacks on Russian oil and gas infrastructure?

    -Continued attacks could lead to further financial losses for Russia, impacting its economy and potentially bringing Russia to the negotiating table for peace talks.

  • What impact have the attacks on Russian oil refineries had on the global oil market, according to the video?

    -While the video does not explicitly discuss the global oil market, the attacks likely contribute to instability in global oil prices due to disruptions in Russian oil production.



🌐 Update on Russian Economy and Oil Refineries

This paragraph provides an update on the Russian economy, focusing on the recent attacks against Russian oil refineries over the weekend of the presidential election. It discusses President Putin's reaction, accusing Ukraine of attempting to disrupt the elections. The speaker also poses a question about the other candidates in the Russian election, highlighting the global lack of awareness compared to the well-known US election candidates.


💥 Impact of Ukrainian Drone Attacks on Russian Oil Refineries

The paragraph delves into the details of two more refineries hit by Ukrainian drone attacks, emphasizing the long-range capability and the strategic implications of these strikes. It outlines the capacity and daily oil processing volume of the targeted refineries, and the potential economic impact on Russia, including the loss of revenue and the challenge of repairing the damages due to sanctions and lack of access to technology and capital.


📈 Fuel Price Hike and Economic Ramifications in Russia

This section discusses the rising fuel prices in Russia due to the attacks on oil refineries and the government's production cuts. It presents a chart showing the significant increase in gasoline and diesel prices over the past year and attributes the recent spike to supply issues within Russia. The potential impact on inflation and consumer budgets is also highlighted, as well as the broader economic implications for Russia.


🚨 Ukrainian Attacks Spreading Chaos within Russia

The paragraph describes the expansion of Ukraine's attacks to include not only oil and gas facilities but also cities within Russia, causing chaos and fear among the population. It details the attacks on the town of Belgorod and the disruption to the presidential election proceedings. The reactions of President Putin and the Russian government to these developments are also mentioned.


🏛️ Russian Presidential Candidates and Election Outlook

This section introduces the three candidates officially standing against President Putin in the Russian election, providing brief biographies and their political stances. It also discusses the likelihood of Putin's victory in the election and the global lack of awareness about the other candidates, challenging the viewers to name any of them.

🎯 Ukraine's New Tactics and Potential War Outcome

The final paragraph summarizes the strategic shift in Ukraine's approach to the war, focusing on attacking Russian oil and gas infrastructure to weaken Russia's economy and force a negotiation for peace. It discusses the challenges Russia faces in repairing the damages and the potential local economic impact of refinery closures. The speaker concludes that this change in tactics could be a decisive factor in bringing the war to an end.



💡Russian Economy

The Russian economy refers to the economic activities and performance of Russia. In the context of the video, the focus is on the impact of attacks on Russian oil refineries, specifically in the backdrop of the presidential election. The narrative suggests that these attacks, presumably by Ukraine, have significant repercussions on the Russian economy, particularly through the disruption of oil refinery operations, which are vital for national income and energy security.

💡Oil Refineries

Oil refineries are industrial facilities where crude oil is processed and refined into useful products like gasoline, diesel, and other petrochemicals. In the video, the attack on Russian oil refineries signifies a strategic move, potentially by Ukraine, to disrupt Russia's oil production capabilities. These attacks are highlighted as causing significant economic loss and posing threats to the Russian energy infrastructure, leading to a reduction in oil output and an increase in fuel prices within Russia.

💡Ukrainian Border

The Ukrainian border refers to the geopolitical boundary between Ukraine and Russia. In the video, the proximity of certain Russian oil refineries to the Ukrainian border is emphasized, suggesting that their location makes them vulnerable to long-range strikes from Ukraine. This geographical detail underlines the strategic nature of the attacks and their feasibility due to the proximity of these vital infrastructures to the conflict zone.

💡Presidential Election

The presidential election mentioned in the video refers to the Russian presidential election. The narrative suggests that President Putin is likely to win the election with little competition, underscoring the political landscape of Russia. The election's timing is noted in relation to the refinery attacks, implying potential motives to disrupt or influence the political atmosphere during this period.

💡Drone Strikes

Drone strikes refer to attacks carried out using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. The video details how Ukrainian forces have utilized drone strikes to target Russian oil refineries, describing them as a tactical approach to inflict damage on Russian infrastructure. The long-range capability of these drones, flying deep into Russian territory, highlights the evolving nature of modern warfare and its impact on critical infrastructure.

💡Fuel Prices

Fuel prices in the video refer to the cost of gasoline and diesel in Russia. The script connects the increase in fuel prices to the destruction of oil refineries, emphasizing how the loss of refining capacity leads to reduced supply and increased prices. This increase is presented as having a potential ripple effect on Russian inflation and the broader economy, affecting both the consumer and national financial stability.

💡Russian Inflation

Russian inflation in this context refers to the rate at which prices for goods and services rise in Russia, decreasing purchasing power. The video suggests that the increasing fuel prices, due to the attacks on oil refineries, are likely to exacerbate inflationary pressures in Russia. This economic indicator is used to assess the broader impact of the conflict on the Russian economy.

💡Election Candidates

Election candidates here refer to the individuals running against President Putin in the Russian presidential election. The video challenges viewers to name any of these candidates, emphasizing the perceived lack of real competition against Putin. It later introduces these candidates, providing insights into their backgrounds and political stances, thereby highlighting the political landscape of Russia during the election.

💡Ukrainian Tactics

Ukrainian tactics, as discussed in the video, refer to Ukraine's strategic military actions against Russian targets. The focus is on Ukraine's use of drone strikes to target Russian oil and gas infrastructure. This approach is depicted as a change in Ukraine's military strategy, aiming to weaken Russia economically by disrupting its key energy sector and creating challenges in resource management and national security for Russia.

💡Russian Oil Production

Russian oil production pertains to the extraction and processing of crude oil in Russia. The video underscores the impact of the attacks on oil refineries on Russian oil production. It details how these strikes lead to a reduction in refining capacity and potential cutbacks in oil extraction. This disruption is portrayed as a significant blow to the Russian economy, affecting its income from oil exports and domestic energy supplies.


Overview of recent attacks on Russian oil refineries during the presidential election weekend, invoking a strong reaction from President Putin.

Discussion on the certainty of President Putin's victory in the Russian presidential election and a challenge to name his three opponents.

Details of two more refineries hit in Russia, highlighting the strategic long-range strike capability of Ukraine.

Explanation of how Ukraine's strategy puts all Russian refineries within a 1,000 km radius of the Ukrainian border at risk.

Insight into the economic impact of refinery attacks on Russia, including potential loss of income if refineries are out of action for up to 12 months.

Analysis of the rising fuel prices in Russia due to the attacks and its potential to exacerbate Russian inflation issues.

Detailed look into the recent drone strikes' locations and the significance of their placement within Russia.

Presentation of data on the seven largest Russian oil refineries attacked and the massive economic implications.

Discussion on Russia's reaction to internal attacks, including Ukrainian assaults on the town of Belgorod.

Revealing the three presidential candidates running against Putin and assessing their chances.

Summary of how Ukraine's tactic of attacking Russian oil and gas infrastructure marks a significant shift in war dynamics.

Insight into Russia's vulnerabilities to drone attacks on its refineries and the strategic difficulties in defending against such strikes.

Explanation of the compounded economic pressures on Russia from both refinery damages and international sanctions.

Discussion on the potential long-term impacts of continuous attacks on Russia's economy and its ability to fund the war.

Closing remarks on the importance of supporting informative content and engaging with the audience for feedback.