The recent Russian shelling in the Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson regions of Ukraine on Monday has resulted in devastating civilian casualties and significant infrastructure damage. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, specifically in Nikopol, an elderly woman was killed, and a man was injured in a Russian artillery strike. This attack also led to damage to power lines and a gas pipeline. Serhiy Lysak, the governor of Dnipropetrovsk, confirmed these details on social media platforms.
In the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, a shelling incident at a private transport company’s parking lot resulted in the death of two drivers, as stated by the regional governor, Oleksandr Prokudin, published in Reuters. This incident has prompted regional prosecutors to open a war crimes investigation. The shelling occurred at around 9 a.m., also injuring another individual. Since the liberation of Kherson by Ukrainian troops last November, Russian forces have persistently shelled the city from across the Dnipro River.
Additionally, Oleksandr Prokudin mentioned that Russian forces had launched 71 attacks in the past 24 hours, targeting residential districts and establishments such as shops and medical facilities in Kherson. These attacks have resulted in at least one death and injuries to six others. The continuous shelling has significantly impacted civilians in the front-line city of Kherson, where services have been severely disrupted, with less than half of hospitals or clinics remaining functional.
The top UN humanitarian official in Ukraine, Denise Brown, expressed utter outrage and profound disturbance at these brutal attacks, emphasizing the high price paid by civilians due to the relentless shelling. Brown highlighted that over 1,300 attacks on healthcare have been verified in Ukraine since the escalation of the war in February 2022, accounting for more than half of all such attacks worldwide over this period.