Russia has struck a dam in central Ukraine in its latest attack on civilian infrastructure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that Russia had targeted the Karachunivske reservoir, adding that it had no military value and that the strike would only affect local civilians.

According to Inna Sovsun, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, the strike destroyed a water pumping station and flooded the embankments, which are located a few meters from the residential buildings.

The water flowed into the Inhulets River — a right tributary of the Dnipro River in southeastern Ukraine. Residents of districts in Kryvyi Rih were asked to evacuate their homes on Thursday to avoid the risk of flooding.

A regional official said Thursday that the water level in the Inhulets River had dropped 40 centimeters (16 inches) and was continuing to drop, and thanked emergency workers for their efforts overnight.

“Thank you to the rescuers, emergency services and all those who worked during the night and are still working now. Each of you did a great job,” Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the civil military administration of the Dnipropetrovsk region, said in a Telegram message.

“The weak wage war against civilians”

After the attack, Zelensky sent a scathing message to Moscow, referring to the Russian military as “weak”.

“Today’s attack by your missiles, Russian missiles targeting Kryvyi Rih, the dam of the Karachunivske reservoir, objects that have no military value at all, hitting hundreds of thousands of ordinary civilians, is another reason for Russia to lose. And not only this war, but history itself,” he said. in Wednesday night’s speech.
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“History is written by people, never by savages. Who will be left in history? All those who launch these missiles. Those who came to our land. The weak. You are weak, you are waging war against civilians.”

“Scoundrels running away from the battlefield, trying to do harm from a distant place. You will continue to be terrorists who will shame their grandchildren,” he added.

Moscow’s attack comes days after a Russian missile hit an electricity and heating plant in the northeastern Kharkiv region, leaving many without power.
During a visit to newly liberated Izium on Wednesday, Zelensky said he was “shocked” by the level of destruction left by Russian forces after their months-long occupation of the city of Kharkiv.