US weapons used in deadly Ukrainian strike on Nova Kakhovka
Commenting on the Ukrainian strike, a senior Russian diplomat says that the delivery of US-made heavy weaponry to Kiev enabled the deadly shelling of the city of Nova Kakhovka in southern Ukraine.
According to the military-civilian administration at Nova Kakhovka, the Ukrainian strike carried out in the city was done using multiple rocket launchers HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) supplied by the United States.
Local authorities have also affirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky personally gave the order to target the city.
The city's administration chief, Vladimir Leontyev, reported Tuesday that seven people were killed and up to 70 were injured.
After the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Novaya Kakhovka, warehouses with saltpeter exploded, there are victims, the market, hospital and houses are damaged - TASS with reference to the regional military administration pic.twitter.com/X4U5NQdUeu— Francesco Comito (@FrancescComito) July 11, 2022
He previously stated that the shelling caused a fertilizer storage warehouse to detonate and that multiple houses, as well as other civilian sites such as a market and a hospital, were damaged.
Furthermore, Leontyev compared the strike to the 2020 Beirut port blast, in which and nitrate ammonium exploded.
It is worth noting that additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), that the US administration had previously promised to Ukraine, is also part of the latest military supply package.
The HIMARS constitute the centerpiece of a $700 million military aid package that was unveiled on June 1, which includes "Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger antiaircraft missiles, powerful artillery and precision rocket systems, radars, unmanned aerial vehicles, Mi-17 helicopters and ammunition," Biden said in his op-ed published in The New York Times.
Commenting on the Ukrainian strike, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday that the delivery of US-made heavy weaponry to Kiev enabled the deadly shelling of the city of Nova Kakhovka in southern Ukraine.
The deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said, as quoted by RIA Novosti, that “such strikes on civilian sites can only draw resolute condemnation. It is a direct consequence of the delivery of weapons by the [United] States to Kiev.”
On his account, the deputy head of the Kherson regional military-civil administration Kirill Stremousov has called the Ukrainian attack on Nova Kakhovka a "terror tactic" and "pure Nazism."
US Satellite Worldview-2 filmed Nova Kakhovka
The United States provided heavy weaponry which enabled the deadly shelling of the city of Nova Kakhovka. However, Washington’s role did not end at this point. The US commercial satellite Worldview-2 reportedly photographed the town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson Region just three days before Ukraine attacked it.
What are the odds: the US satellite took pictures on Friday, and Nova Kakhovka was hit on Monday night.
The precision strike caused a massive explosion, killing at least seven people and injuring about 70 others, with the death toll expected to rise as the rubble is cleared.
Commercial satellites from the US have a track record of photographing areas a few days before Ukraine targets them with airstrikes.
This was also evident prior to the attacks on the Russian city of Belgorod, an oil refinery in the Rostov Region, Zmiinyi Island, not to mention the Black Sea area with drilling platforms.
Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said, as quoted by Sputnik last June, that Kiev was using data provided to NATO by private Western satellite operators, including the US space company Maxar Technologies, which allegedly works with the Pentagon.
Moscow had sent a formal diplomatic note to the United States warning that Washington and Brussels' arms shipments were adding fuel to the fire of the war in Ukraine, stressing that this matter could bring upon "unpredictable consequences".