Ukrainian town of Kryvyi Rih flooded after Russian missile strikes hit dam | Volodymyr Zelensky

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy has expressed concern for his hometown of Kryvyi Rih after Russian missiles targeted a nearby dam, flooding its streets.

In a new video address released early Thursday, Ukraine’s president said ‘everything is being done to eliminate the consequences of another despicable act by Russia’, referring to the targeting of a dam in Kryvyi Rih, on the Inhulets River. 150 km (93 miles). ) southwest of Dnipro, Ukraine.

City authorities are battling to contain damage to its water supply system after eight cruise missiles hit a water pumping station in what Zelenskiy called an attempt to flood the city, the largest in central Ukraine with an estimated pre-war population of 650,000.

Ukrainian lawmaker Inna Sovsun tweeted: “The water pumping station has been destroyed. The river broke through the dam and overflowed its banks. Residential buildings are only a few meters from the river.

The strikes caused “significant flooding” in parts of the city after the river rose about 2.5 meters, the Institute for the Study of War said. The Russian attack was likely aimed at damaging Ukrainian pontoon bridges further downstream as part of efforts to disrupt the Kherson counteroffensive, he said.

Video posted online showed high water levels in the Inhulets and flooded city streets, amid calls for residents to evacuate.

Switching to speaking in Russian, Zelenskiy said: “Your missile attacks today, Russian missiles targeting Kryvyi Rih, the Karachunivske reservoir dam, the objects that have no military value, actually hitting hundreds of thousands ordinary civilians, is another reason why Russia will lose… you are weaklings who are waging war against civilians, scoundrels who, having fled the battlefield, are trying to do harm from afar.

Zelenskiy’s speech was published after news broke that the president’s car was involved in a traffic accident in Kyiv. He was not seriously injured, spokesman Serhii Nykyforov said.

Nykyforov did not say when the accident happened, but said the car the Ukrainian president was in collided with a private vehicle in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday evening.

“The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found,” he said in a Facebook post, adding that the accident would be investigated. He did not specify what injuries Zelenskiy might have suffered, if any.

Doctors accompanying Zelenskiy provided emergency assistance to the driver of the private car and put him in an ambulance, Nykyforov said.

Zelenskiy was returning to Kyiv from the Kharkiv region on Wednesday, where he visited troops in the recaptured town of Izium.

In his video speech, Zelenskiy also spoke about the destruction witnessed by Ukrainian forces in the Kharkiv region, saying evidence of torture and other abuses bolstered claims of genocide of Ukrainians, following similar abuses in Bucha and in the Chernihiv and Sumy regions.

He said almost the entire Kharkiv region has now been liberated by “an unprecedented movement of our warriors”.

“The Ukrainians have once again managed to do what many considered impossible,” he said, adding that nearly 400 settlements had been taken over. “The 150,000 Ukrainians who remained in this territory are once again feeling what an ordinary, safe and normal life looks like.”

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