After Putin blew up a critical dam, Russian forces have begun shelling innocent Ukrainian residents trying to flee the flooded Kherson region, Ukraine claims.
Desperate families have fled their homes in rubber boats, dodging shells from Russian troops in search of safety.
Ukraine’s Attorney General said one person died and others were injured – due to “targeted” attacks..
The ministry said the Russian shelling started “precisely during the evacuation of citizens whose homes were flooded.”
Oleski Mayor Yevhen Ryschuk wrote on Telegram: “Orcs just shot at the school building where people from flooded houses were gathering.”
According to local reports, residential buildings were also damaged.
Floating landmines are also a concern from the flooding, and a German fire and rescue worker told Sky News: “I’ve never seen anything that big.”
A dramatic video showed a 93-year-oldHe was hit by shrapnel while being rescued by boat from his flooded home in the city.
Just moments before, he smiled and thanked the men who rescued him, who affectionately called him Father.
The man said, “I’ve already survived a war. Now, in my old age, I will survive a second one.”
A series of explosions occurred near the boat and the old man could be seen clutching his head as blood poured from the wound and trickled down his arm.
He has now received medical help and is safe, rescuers said.
A rescuer in Kherson told The Sun Online that desperate citizens looking for safety were being targeted.
The rescue worker suggested that the heavy shelling could be related to President Zelenskyy’s visit to Kherson following the sabotage attack on the Novaya Khakhovka Dam earlier this week.
He said: “Heavy shelling has hit the flooded region where people have been evacuated on rubber boats.”
“A residential building was badly hit; no one was allowed to enter the building by order of the military.
“I spoke to local people and they had spoken to relatives who are still in the flooded areas and people were crying in shock.”
He explained that people were hiding behind high-rise buildings as there was sporadic shelling.
Despite the horrific attack on fleeing residents, the rescue worker said some citizens strolled the streets as if “nothing was happening” – as they got used to the shelling.
Video taken by civilians as they fled shows the roof of a high-rise building exploding after being attackedwhile the civilians scream.
A shocking video showed two men trying to steer a rubber dinghy when alanded just meters from their boat.
The floods in southern Ukraine were contaminated with corpses after the dam was blown up.
“Our water comes from the Dnipro – but now the cemeteries are flooded so it’s undrinkable,” a rescuer on the ground in Kherson told The Sun Online.
“Also there is oil in the water, the remains of the power plant and mines.
“There is a lot of water in the city now – but there is no clean drinking water.”
And on the Russian side of the Dnipro River, the situation is getting worse, with authorities refusing to help people stuck on their rooftops.
One rescuer said: “The so-called Russian government is doing nothing to save these people who are stuck on their rooftops.”
“They will drown in a few hours and there is nothing we can do about it.”
The ongoing rescue effort for thousands trapped on their rooftops with no water is becoming increasingly precarious.
Ukraine has resorted to drones to reach those unable to flee their homes, dropping them water bottles from the air.
During his visit to Kherson today, Zelenskyy said Ukraine needed a “clear and quick world response” to the brutal attack.