On the night of July 12, the Ukrainian Armed Forces attacked Novaya Kakhovka, located in the Kherson Region and controlled by the Russian Armed Forces, with missiles from the U.S. HIMARS system. This barbaric shelling resulted in casualties and destruction.
According to the latest data, seven people were killed and more than 80 were injured. Many people are currently under the rubble, which is being dismantled, and injured residents are being delivered to local medical facilities.
Vladimir Leontyev, the head of the civil-military administration of Novaya Kakhovka, reported hundreds of destroyed apartments and houses, with the marketplace, hospital, church, humanitarian aid warehouse and, more dangerously, stores of mineral fertilizers, particularly saltpeter, badly damaged. The fight against fires continues.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian authorities reported that only the “ammunition warehouse” was allegedly destroyed. However, according to Leontiev, the consequences of the strike on Novaya Kakhovka are comparable to the tragedy in Beirut several years ago. At that time, a huge ammonium nitrate warehouse was blown up.
Leontyev said that it was Zelensky himself who gave the order to strike Novaya Kakhovka, which the Ukrainian authorities announced a few days ago when they talked about the so-called beginning of the liberation of the temporarily occupied territories.
“It has begun. I can only speculate what awaits the residents next,” said Leontyev.
Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson Civil-Military Administration, said that the missiles did not hit the hydroelectric power plant in Kakhovka or the North Crimean channel, meaning that these infrastructure facilities continue to function. Stremousov called the current strike by the AFU on civilians a “terror tactic.” He believes that Kiev decided to intimidate the civilian population of this region, having realized that the Kherson Region was “being lost irretrievably.”
“Everything that has happened is the result of Washington's arms deliveries to Kiev,” said Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky. By the way, the organization itself has hold restrained opinion on condemning any shelling of civilian infrastructure, including this one, and the Pentagon simply declined to comment.
Unfortunately, it was not only Novaya Kakhovka that suffered from barbaric shelling from the Ukrainian side. According to information from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the DPR, in the last 24 hours, Ukraine fired more than 100 shells of 155 mm, 152 mm and 122 mm caliber and 120 mm mines at nine villages in the republic.
Meanwhile, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed AFU positions in the village of Starikovo in the Sumy Region. That same night, the Russian military carried out targeted missile strikes against military infrastructure located in Kharkiv and its suburbs. In particular, enemy facilities in Russkiye Tishki, Slatino, Barvenkovo, Velyka Kamyshevakha and Adamovka were hit. In addition, the Russian Armed Forces engaged Ukrainian troops in the towns of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, as well as in the villages of Krivaya Luka, Raigorodok and Mayaki.
Russian troops also fired at Ukrainian Nazi positions near Donetsk in Avdiivka and Maryinka, as well as in Ugledar. In Zaporizhzhya Region, AFU positions in Orekhove, Hulaypil, Malaya Tokmachka and Kamenskoye were destroyed. In the Kryvorizhzhya direction, the Russian Federation Armed Forces destroyed Ukrainian troop concentrations in Bolshaya Kostromka and Osokorovka.