One of the largest refineries in Russia was hit on Wednesday by Ukrainian drones. According to new information, these drones could have been purchased on the Chinese e-commerce giant.

The images went around the world: this Wednesday, the largest oil refinery in southern Russia was hit hard by a suicide drone attack.

This attack started a massive fire, according to Russian authorities and media. Footage posted on social media showed a drone flying towards the Novoshakhtinsk refinery in Russia’s southern Rostov oblast, five kilometers from the Ukrainian border before one of its facilities caught fire.

At first, the information on the drones used almost all referred to the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2. Medium cruising altitude and long endurance (MALE) combat drones developed by the Turkish company Baykar.

But by dint of turning on the networks, the images have been dissected and dissected by amateurs of the thing. And very quickly, these specialists dismissed the idea of ​​Turkish drones estimated at 5 million dollars each.

A drone at 9,000 euros…

And according to the specialized site, The WarZonethe drones used would be characteristic of a model sold on the site of the Chinese e-commerce giant, AliExpress.

A model at a much lower cost than its Turkish clone (around 9,000 euros) and adapted to become a decisive weapon of war.

On social networks, there is no shortage of arguments to lean towards this conclusion. Size, type and even the sound emitted… The images have been widely studied and the verdict seems final.

The drone used would therefore be the Skyeye which sells for between $5,000 and $10,000 on the AliExpress site. It would initially make it possible to transport packages of 30 to 45 kg. The Ukrainians seem to have made it a low-cost but very effective weapon of war.

It appears to be a Chinese “Alibaba” drone.

Tail matches and the found debris matches the wing of this drone, but not the wing of a PD-1. pic.twitter.com/dkgihw3Qmz

— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) June 22, 2022