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Kyiv says hits Russian arms depot in south Ukraine

KYIV (AFP) – Kyiv said yesterday it had launched a barrage of rockets and missiles on Russian military targets in southern Ukraine and destroyed an arms depot, in attacks that Moscow-backed authorities said had damaged homes.

The bombardment overnight in the Kherson region – which Russian forces captured soon after they invaded in late February – come as Kyiv’s army tries to claw back territory in the south of the country.

Ukrainian military officials said the strikes had destroyed artillery, armoured vehicles “and a warehouse with ammunition in Nova Kakhovka”.

Russian-backed authorities in the city however said Ukrainian strikes had damaged civilian infrastructure and left at least seven people dead, a toll that could not be independently verified.

“There are no military targets here… warehouses were hit, as were shops, a pharmacy, petrol stations and even a religious,” the head of the city’s Moscow-backed administration Vladimir Leontiev said on social media.

Images published by the Moscow-backed authorities showed several buildings reduced to ash.

The Ukrainian army has for several weeks been waging a counter-offensive on the southern Kherson front, while Russian troops have been focusing on the country’s east.

Russian troops guard an entrance of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station on the Dnieper River in Kherson region, south Ukraine. PHOTO: AP