Putin attempts to FLOOD Zelensky’s home city with missile strike on reservoir dam, forcing residents to flee their homes, as Russia takes revenge for battlefield defeats
- Eight Russian cruise missiles hit Karachun Dam near Kryvyi Rih late Wednesday
- Strike damaged dam and pumping station, releasing water into Inhulets River
- River burst its banks, sweeping away bridges while flooding streets and homes
- It is just the latest Russian attack on civilian infrastructure amid its failing war
Evacuations are underway in a major Ukrainian city after Russia hit a damn with eight cruise missiles in its latest ‘revenge’ attack on civilians as its invasion fails.
Kryvyi Rih, President Zelensky’s home city, was inundated with water on Wednesday afternoon and overnight after an attack on the Karachun Dam.
The strikes badly damaged the dam and a nearby pumping station, releasing huge amounts of water into the Inhulets River and causing it to swell.
Water spills from the damaged Karachun Dam near the city of Kryvyi Rih after Russia struck it with eight cruise missiles late on Wednesday
City streets and homes were flooded overnight as the river burst its banks, while bridges were also swept away.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, said two districts of the city – which had a pre-war population of 650,000 – were at risk of flooding.
Residents of those districts – including the city centre – have been asked to leave.
The water is now making its way downstream to Kherson, where it will likely damage or wash away pontoon bridges that Ukrainian troops are using to attack the city.
‘Russian forces likely targeted the Karachun Dam to damage Ukrainian pontoon bridges further downstream,’ think-tank Institute for the Study of War reported.
The attack comes ‘in light of recent reports that Ukrainian troops are attempting to expand their bridgehead over the Inhulets River near Davydiv Brid as part of the ongoing Kherson counteroffensive,’ it added.
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