Ukraine Destroys Second Russian Ammo Dump With U.S.-Supplied HIMARS Missile

Ukrainian forces said Thursday they have destroyed a second Russian ammunition warehouse in the city of Nova Kakhovka using American-made HIMARS multiple rocket launcher vehicles.

The footage, filmed at night, shows one explosion after another as the target, which Ukrainian forces said was an ammunition warehouse, goes up in flames. The images were obtained Thursday from the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Nova Kakhovka is a city in the Kherson Region, in southern Ukraine. The Russian military has occupied much of the Kherson Region since March 2, when the regional capital city Kherson fell to the invading forces.

Ukraine hits Russia ammo dump with HIMARS
Ukrainian forces said Thursday, July 14, 2022, they have destroyed a second Russian ammunition warehouse in the city of Nova Kakhovka using American-made HIMARS multiple rocket launcher vehicles. @AFUStratCom/Zenger

The move comes after the first building was destroyed by Ukrainian forces in Nova Kakhovka, while the Ukrainians are saying it was also an ammunition warehouse. Russia, meanwhile, denied this, claiming instead that homes and warehouses were hit, leaving seven people dead and about 80 injured.

Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak attributed the attack to a U.S.-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launcher.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a truck-mounted light multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army. Missiles fired from HIMARS batteries have a range of as much as 190 miles.

Zenger News contacted the StratCom of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." Thursday marks the 141st day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 14, Russia had lost about 37,870 personnel, 1,667 tanks, 3,852 armored combat vehicles, 840 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 109 air defense systems, 219 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 681 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,720 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 67 units of special equipment.

Other developments in the Russia-Ukraine war:

Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations have concluded a deal to resume exporting Ukrainian grain, with a monitoring and coordination center being set up in Istanbul.

A traffic jam made up of more than 130 cargo ships that are loaded with Ukrainian grain is waiting in the Black Sea to pass into the Danube River.

Grain shipments via the River Danube have increased, with a canal being reopened. An increased number of foreign ships are now able to reach Ukrainian ports to help export grain.

Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has ruled out giving any territory to Russia as part of any ceasefire deal.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russia has forcibly removed nearly 2 million people from the country. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an immediate halt to Russian deportations of Ukrainian citizens.

The British Ministry of Defense has said that "the urban areas of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk likely remain the principal objectives" of the Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

In a reversal of policy, Lithuania's foreign ministry has said that it will allow sanctioned Russian goods to transit through its territory on their way to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.