Ukraine bombed dam with US missiles – officials in Kherson – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Six rockets from US-supplied systems were fired at key infrastructure, one of which was successful, emergency services report

The Ukrainian military fired US-made HIMARS missiles at the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam in the Kherson region on Sunday, damaging one of the gates, emergency services told RIA Novosti.

Six projectiles targeted the structure around 10 a.m. local time. Five were intercepted by Russian air defenses, but one succeeded, a representative said.

“Ukrainian armed forces do not give up their attempts to destroy the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station and create the circumstances for a humanitarian disaster,” he added. statement explained.

Local authorities later clarified that the missile did not cause critical damage.

In recent weeks, Moscow has blamed kyiv for attempting numerous attacks on the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam, which stands on the Dnieper, upstream from the city of Kherson.

Russian authorities began last month to relocate civilians from the city and areas on the right bank of the Dnieper. The acting governor of Kherson, Vladimir Saldo, explained that there was “an immediate danger of flooding in the territories due to the planned destruction of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam” by Ukrainian forces.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said “Those who live in Kherson must be evacuated from the most dangerous area of ​​action. The civilian population must not suffer from bombardments, any kind of offensive and counter-offensive, and other activities related to military operations.

However, Ukraine claimed that Russia planned to blow up the dam itself in a false flag operation aimed at blaming kyiv for flooding. These claims have been repeatedly denied by Moscow.

The Kherson region was officially declared part of Russia in early October, along with the Zaporozhye region and the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, after residents of these territories overwhelmingly supported the decision in referendums.

In recent weeks, the Ukrainian army has repeatedly tried to advance on Kherson, but all these attacks have been repelled.

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On Sunday, Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the regional administration, said Kyiv had been “deploy more and more APCs and tanks” near Kherson in what could be preparations for another offensive.

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