Watch this: Ukraine hits Russian munitions depots with US HIMARS rockets

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HIMARS strike: Russian ammunition depots hit again in Nova Kakhovka – Ukrainian strikes on a Russian ammunition depot in Nova Khovka reportedly occurred again on Friday evening, potentially taking away valuable Russian arms and ammunition as the country’s military faces mounting pressure from HIMARS artillery systems supplied by United States.

The HIMARS strike took place in Russian-occupied Kherson.

Video footage shared on Telegram on Friday night, apparently recorded on a cellphone, shows large explosions in the distance. Recorded at night, the blackness of the sky is briefly illuminated with an orange glow.

“A Russian ammunition depot at Nova Kakhovka was reportedly hit tonight,” war analyst Rob Lee noted on Twitter.

Additional footage also shared on a Russian-language Telegram account showed the explosion in more detail. The two-second clip shows smoke rising into the air, following a hit, before another hit occurs and creates another explosion.

“The moment of the munitions explosion in New Kakhovka,” reads the Telegram message accompanying the video.

According to local reports, residents of nearby towns have been told by authorities to stay away from windows. Previous strikes have been known to shatter and shatter windows in nearby buildings.

Strikes rocked Russia earlier this month

This is not the first time ammunition depots have been destroyed by Ukrainian troops using Western-supplied rocket systems like HIMARS.

On July 12, at least seven people were killed and more than 70 injured when Ukrainian forces launched a missile strike in Nova Kakhovka, targeting a Russian ammunition depot. Russian officials in the region have confirmed that US HIMARS missiles destroyed warehouses in the area that contained saltpeter, a chemical used to make fertilizers and gunpowder.

Ukraine continued the strike with an additional attack a week later when an ammunition warehouse was destroyed in the same area.

On July 18, video footage of a new strike against ammunition warehouses in the region circulated online, and Ukrainian officials confirmed the destruction of several pieces of Russian weapons.

“According to the results of the fire missions of our rocket and artillery units, the enemy lost 52 militants, rocket launchers, one ‘Msta-B’ howitzer, one mortar, seven units of armored and motorized vehicles and an ammunition warehouse in Nova Kakhovka,” a statement from Ukrainian officials revealed.

The strikes also panicked Russia.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a cabinet meeting to discuss the effectiveness of long-range rocket systems supplied by the West. In the same week, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that more than 100 American missiles intended for use by Ukrainian HIMARS rocket systems had been destroyed in Russian strikes.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher and journalist based in New York. Reporting from the UK, Europe and the US, it strives to analyze and understand left and right radicalisation, and reports on Western government approaches to pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and offer pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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