Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ukraine's Russian-Held Nova Kakhovka Dam Damaged in Shelling; Russia Says Major Dam Hit By US-Supplied HIMARS Rockets; Ukraine Repels 14 Russian Attacks in Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia oblasts; UKR Air Force Hits 7 RU Positions in Luhansk Oblast, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukraine's Russian-held Nova Kakhovka dam damaged in shelling, Russian media report
Ukraine's Russian-held Nova Kakhovka dam was damaged in shelling by Ukrainian forces, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday, citing emergency services.
Russian state-owned news agency TASS quoted a representative of the emergency services as saying that a rocket launched by a U.S.-made HIMARS missile system had hit the dam's lock and caused damaged. The official quoted said it was an "attempt to create the conditions for a humanitarian catastrophe" by breaching the dam.
The reports provided no evidence to support the allegation, which could not be immediately verified by Reuters.
The vast Nova Kakhovka dam, which blocks the Dnipro river upstream of Kherson where Ukrainian forces have been making advances, has taken on vital strategic significance in recent weeks. --->READ MORE HERE
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Russia Says Major Dam Hit By US-Supplied HIMARS Rockets:
Russia has announced Sunday that a major dam in the Russian-controlled region of Kherson was damaged in a Ukrainian strike using an advanced US-supplied system.
"Today at 10:00 there was a hit of six HIMARS rockets. Air defense units shot down five missiles, one hit a lock of the Kakhovka dam, which was damaged," Russian news agencies quoted local emergency authorities as saying.
The Kakhovka hydroelectric dam in southern Ukraine has been in Russian hands since near the start of the invasion of Ukraine, considered a critical asset to the Russians given it supplies water to Crimea. This also makes it a potential target for the Ukrainian army, given President Zelensky's prior pledges to "liberate" Crimea.
An official with the Moscow-installed administration, however, said "Everything is under control. The main air defense strikes were repelled, one missile hit [the dam], but did not cause critical damage."
The Kakhovka dam has for months been at the center of competing accusations and claims, with President Zelensky saying weeks ago that Russian troops are plotting a 'false flag' detonation of the large structure in order to trigger cataclysmic flooding. --->READ MORE HERE
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