- Moscow's attack on the reservoir comes only days after a Russian missile strike hit a power and heating plant in Kharkiv's northeastern district, knocking out many residents.
- During a visit to the newly liberated Izium on Wednesday, Zelensky said he was "shocked" by the amounts of destruction left by Russian forces after their months-long captivity of the Kharkiv city.
Ukraine claims that Russian missile strikes have destroyed a major dam in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, the latest in a series of attacks on civilian infrastructure.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, claimed on Wednesday that Russia had targeted the Karachunivske Reservoir, but that it had no military importance and that the strikes would primarily affect local inhabitants.
According to Ukrainian politician Inna Sovsun, the hits ruined a water pumping facility and flooded embankments just a few metres from residential dwellings.
Water poured into the Inhulets River, a tributary of the Dnipro River in southeastern Ukraine. Residents in Kryvyi Rih districts were asked to leave their houses on Thursday to avert flooding.
Emergency services and rescuers worked through the night and into Thursday, according to the head of the Dnipropetrovsk region’s civil military administration, who posted on Telegram. Valentyn Reznichenko praised the teams for their “outstanding work.”
Water levels in the Inhulets River have already plummeted by 50 centimetres (20 inches) after rapidly surging Wednesday, according to Andrii Kurach, head of the Dnipropetrovsk region’s State Emergency Service.
Flood levels in the area have subsequently receded, restoration work is 50% complete, and water supplies are being restored, according to a regional official on Thursday.
“The Karachunivske Reservoir is massive, and there was a possibility of a massive flood. However, thanks to coordinated efforts, it was avoided “Oleksandr Vilkul, the head of the Kryvyi Rih civil military administration, stated
On Thursday, hours after the attack, another Russian cruise missile struck the Kryvyi Rih area, according to Vilkul.
‘Weaklings waging war on civilians’
Following the strike, Zelensky sent a direct message to Moscow, referring to the Russian troops as “weaklings.”
“Your missile attacks today, Russian missiles targeting Kryvyi Rih, the dam of the Karachunivske Reservoir, things with no military importance at all, in fact striking hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens, are yet another reason Russia will lose. Not only this conflict, but history as a whole, “On Wednesday, he delivered his nightly address.
“History is made by people, not by savages. Who will you be remembered as? Everyone who launches these rockets. Those who arrived in our country. Weaklings. You are cowards fighting a war against civilians “He continued.
“Scoundrels who have fled the fight and are attempting to cause havoc from afar. You will continue to be terrorists whom their grandkids will be ashamed of.”
Moscow’s attack on the reservoir comes only days after a Russian missile strike hit a power and heating plant in Kharkiv’s northeastern district, knocking out many residents.
During a visit to the newly liberated Izium on Wednesday, Zelensky said he was “shocked” by the amounts of destruction left by Russian forces after their months-long captivity of the Kharkiv city.