Russians hit dam in Kryvyi Rih with missiles, Zelenskyy accuses enemy of ‘trying to sow panic’

14 September, 03:58 PM
Russians hit dam in Kryvyi Rih with missiles (Photo:Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Facebook)

Russians hit dam in Kryvyi Rih with missiles (Photo:Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Facebook)

Russia carried out a missile strike on a dam in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast on the evening of Sept. 14, raising fears in Ukraine that Moscow, defeated on the battlefield, will now step up its attacks on civilian targets.

Sources in the city, which is in southeast-central Ukraine, said seven cruise missiles slammed into the east end of the dam at around 5.05 p.m., just as air raid sirens began to wail. Later reports updated the number of missiles to eight.

Video of the results of the strike was soon posted on social media, showing extensive damage to a building and part of the dam structure. Another video showed high levels of water rushing down the Inhulets River, which passes through Kryvyi Rih and snakes down to join the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast.

Video of day

Posting on the Telegram messenger after the strike, Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentin Reznichenko said there had been no casualties as a result of the attack on the dam, but that several structures had been seriously damaged and several districts of the city were left without water.

The dam on the Inhulets River stands at the head of the Karachuniv Reservoir, a 305 million cubic meter body of water that stores drinking water supplies for the surrounding region. According to experts, a serious breach of the dam would have the potential to flood central Kryvyi Rih.

Reacting to the attack, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko said Russia had committed an act of terrorism.

"This is a terrorist act against our people, against a specific city,” Tymoshenko said. “After all, rockets are aimed at buildings, which are critically important for people's livelihood."

Tymoshenko said the goal of the occupiers' attacks was to create an emergency and panic, which is why the Russians struck a dam – a non-military target.

"(But) we’re not panicking The emergency services are already eliminating the consequences of missile strikes, and the military administration is coordinating the work on the spot."

Later in the evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram that Russia was continuing to fight against the Ukrainian civilian population by trying to flood Kryvyi Rih. He said Russia had been reduced to trying to sow panic, creating disasters, and trying to leave people without water, food, heat and light.

"Can it break us? Not at all,” wrote Zelesnkyy.

“Will a proper response and retribution await them? Definitely, yes."

Locals observe the consequences of a Russian missile strike on a damn in Kryvyi Rih, as the Inhulets River floods the area

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