A powerful explosion was heard in the center of the occupied city of Kherson, a spokesperson for the Odesa regional military administration, Serhii Bratchuk, reported, posting a video of the incident to his Telegram channel on Sept. 16.
The footage shows thick puffs of black smoke rising from behind the building of the Kherson Regional State Administration, which has been used as an administrative center for the Russian occupation authorities.
“In Kherson, the invaders don’t follow the rules for smoking in public places,” Bratchuk commented sarcastically.
“The laws of Ukraine must be respected, you bastards.”
Kremlin propaganda claims that the city was hit by five HIMARS rockets.
According to some reports, the target was an appellate courthouse.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has not yet taken responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army continues its counteroffensive actions across the country, liberating Ukrainian territories in several directions at once.
Ukrainian forces maintain fire control over the Antonivsky Bridge and other crossings across the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast, preventing Russian forces from restoring critically important supply routes – thus preventing reinforcement and resupply for the Russian forces stranded in the oblast.
Earlier, Ukraine successfully conducted a wide-ranging liberation operation in Kharkiv Oblast, freeing over 8,000 square kilometers of occupied territory, along with a number of strategically important settlements, such as Balakliya, Kupyansk and Izyum.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian partisans are continuing to eliminate pro-Kremlin collaborators who voluntarily agreed to work for the Russian invaders.
Following that, the invaders decided to cancel a sham referendum meant to legitimize Russia’s planned annexation of occupied Ukrainian territory.