On Thursday, a massive explosion destroyed the structure which houses the Russian Ministry of Defense's 2nd Central Scientific-Research Institute in Tver, which is located 80 miles northeast of Moscow. The “scientific-research institute” is the designing bureau responsible for developing Russian ballistic missiles as well as anti-aircraft missiles. According to reports from the incident, at least six people died and 27 were wounded.
There was some speculation that the cause of the fire was “Ukrainian lightning,” given the responsibility of the office buildings. It is also possible that this old building was not equipped with fire-control and fire prevention technologies and that it was the victim of good old-fashioned Russian negligence.
Just a few days later, one of the biggest chemical factories in Russia was also destroyed by fire.
Located in the city of Kineshma, Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant and given Russian environmental standards I'm guessing the word “Kineshma” means “this place smells like a**” in the local dialect, located about 200 miles to the northeast of Moscow. This is the way the plant describes its facilities:
Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant is the biggest producer of butyl acetate and industrial solvents within Russia as well as Eastern Europe, as well as a distributor of a variety of petrochemical and chemical products in Russia and around the world.
The DCP produces products in complete conformity to the latest international quality standards and adheres to strict quality environmental standards of production. Our work is verified by the system of standard ISO 9001: 2008.
Today, the chemical plant is a rapidly growing company that manufactures products for paint, leather, varnish, rubber, and the food industry. Our products are sought-after not just in Russia, but also beyond the borders of Russia. Today, the sales geography covers over 100 nations in the world.
Our company is among the oldest producers of butyl Acetate and edible acetic acids, however it utilizes modern technology and equipment, which allow us to manufacture the highest-quality product that is required. The plant follows strict quality control throughout every stage of production, which allows us to compete both on the foreign and domestic markets.
There is no mention of casualties or the magnitude of the damage, but in the footage it's possible to imagine that there were injuries as well as the extensive damage. I'm guessing that this is why the “strict quality control” didn't go well for them.
There are reports that suggest the plant also produced the essential chemicals needed to make propellant for artillery. This could be true or not.
The next fire didn't happen just anywhere. It occurred at a huge manufacturing facility that was owned by Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia which is also known as RKK Energia, Russia's primary producer of ballistic missiles as well as spacecraft and space station parts.
There are internet users who claim that the fire wasn't in RKK Energia's plant but instead at another warehouse.
We don't know what was inside this warehouse. However, based on the color of the smoke and its velocity, it is clear the synthetic material was burning very high temperatures. Since this is a “company town,” it is reasonable to assume that even if this fire isn't located within RKK Energia's facility, the warehouse is more likely to be a storage space for supplies used by the plant.
Like I said earlier in a different blog post (see the article titled 6 Russian Oligarchs Suicide in Mysterious Outbreak Of Epstein Syndrome), either we are witnessing a dazzling series of coincidences or we have to look for a different explanation.
Russia has been through three huge fires within two days. One of the fires occurred at the biggest chemical plant in the world. The other is at a federal design bureau that specializes in air defense and ballistic missiles. The other is at an industrial facility that produces ballistic missiles or has a support warehouse. While none of these three directly impact Putin's War, they all are strategic targets, and strike Russia's defense or “private sector.”
The most simple explanation is that someone is taking action to cause harm to Russia and communicate to the world that Russia isn't immune to attack, regardless of whether those attacks are rockets and bombs.