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This is the moment drones smashed into a building in Russia, some 700 miles from Ukraine’s border, resulting in a massive fireball.

Footage circulating on Telegram shows the plane-type aircraft heading towards an industrial site in Yelabuga, in the republic of Tatarstan.

A huge explosion then follows, sending flames and debris into the sky, just a few meters away from where people are standing.

Chaos engulfs at the scene as people run away from the site of the attack, while others are seen falling to the snow-covered ground.

A Russian plant assembling Iranian Shahed drones is targeted in a mass Ukrainian drone attack on Tatarstan.
The plane-type drone moments before it hit the building in Tatarstan (Picture: social media/e2w)

Several people were injured in the blast, authorities in Yelabuga confirmed earlier this morning.

It is reported that a Ukrainian UJ-22 Airborne – which can carry 20kg of explosives – was used in the attack.

This is a single engine drone, which can either carry an internal warhead or several air-dropped bombs.

The aircraft targeted a plant assembling Iranian Shahed drones used in the war in Ukraine, but this is yet to be confirmed.

People running away from the scene of the explosion
People running away from the scene of the explosion (Picture: social media/e2w)

Tatarstan leader Rustam Minnikhanov’s press service said in a statement: ‘Drone attacks took place against factories in Tatarstan at Lelabuga and Nijnekamsk.’

Fire is still raging at the site, thought to be a dormitory on the territory of the local Special Economic Zone.

Ukraine has struck deep into Russia over the past year, targeting oil refineries and weapons factories with drones and repeatedly shelling border regions.

The attack in Tatarstan comes just hours after an ally of Vladimir Putin accused Nato of helping Ukraine ‘to destroy’ Russia.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that the 75 years of Nato history since its founding on April 4, 1949 had shown it to be a long term source of ‘danger, crisis and conflict’.

‘The North Atlantic Alliance is de-facto a party to the Ukrainian conflict and is actively involved in organising the shelling of Russian territories,’ Patrushev told the Argumenty I Fakty newspaper.

‘Within its framework, collective decisions are being made on new arms supplies with an increase in their technical and long-range capabilities, and Nato instructors in several countries are training mercenaries and saboteurs for their participation in anti-Russian operations.’

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