These images reportedly show the moment Russian forces shelled the city of Mykolaiv this morning.
The partially blurred footage appears to show multiple missiles hitting unclear targets and causing explosions at dawn.
The images were obtained on the morning of Tuesday, July 26, from the Mykolaiv governor, Vitaliy Kim, who said that they show shelling this morning of the city of Mykolaiv.
Kim said: “On the morning of July 26, a massive rocket attack was carried out on Mykolaiv. According to preliminary information, a critical infrastructure object and a motor vehicle enterprise were damaged as a result of the fall of ammunition and their debris. No victims so far. Detailed information is being clarified.
“There are also air-launched missiles on the outskirts of the city. In addition, there was an attempt to damage the port infrastructure of the city.”
The images were also relayed by the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which operates under the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information. They said: “Kim showed the moment of the morning shelling of Mykolaiv.
“The head of the Mykolayiv OVA [region] published a video of the attack that the occupiers inflicted on the morning of July 26. Information about the scale of destruction and victims is still being clarified.”
The missiles were reportedly launched from bombers and the Center quoted Serhii Bratchuk, the head of the Public Council at the Odesa Regional State Administration, as saying that rescue operations were underway.
Oleksandr Sienkevich, the mayor of Mykolaiv, has confirmed that explosions occurred this morning in the city.
Zenger News contacted the Mykolaiv governor 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”. Tuesday marks the 153rd day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 26, Russia had lost about 39,870 personnel, 1,737 tanks, 3,959 armored combat vehicles, 880 artillery units, 258 multiple launch rocket systems, 117 air defense systems, 222 warplanes, 189 helicopters, 722 drones, 174 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,835 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 75 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Ukraine has said that it hopes to begin exporting grain again via its ports in the coming days.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of “barbarism” after the port of Odesa, on the Black Sea, was hit by a missile.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he expects both Ukraine and Russia to uphold the recently signed grain export agreement.
Russian energy company Gazprom has said that it will once again cut gas supplies to the EU through its main pipeline from Wednesday. It has attributed the move to maintenance work.
President Zelensky has called on Europe to hit back against Russia’s “gas war”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that his country’s primary goal is to topple the Ukrainian government.
Ukraine has said that it destroyed 50 Russian ammunition depots using US-supplied HIMARS light multiple rocket launchers on Monday.
The Ukrainian authorities have credited the systems, which were delivered in late June, with having helped them turn the war in their favor by helping them to undermine Russian logistics and slow down the invader’s offensive ability.
Two American citizens who were killed in Ukraine in early July have been named as Luke Lucyszyn and Bryan Young. They were killed when they were ambushed by a Russian tank on July 18, according to their Ukrainian commander, Ruslan Miroshnichenko.