Ukraine’s military says it has destroyed a Russian ammunition depot in the southern city of Nova Kakhovka, killing dozens of soldiers, in an attack apparently involving US-supplied missiles.
Large areas of the Kherson region were seized by the Russians in the first weeks of the invasion, but Ukrainian forces have launched a counter-offensive while Russia has focused on its military push into Ukrainian territory in the east. Kyiv has urged residents to leave the area to escape the counter-attack.
Russian-appointed officials made no mention of an arms depot being hit but said instead that warehouses containing the mineral fertiliser saltpetre had exploded – a claim ridiculed by Ukrainian officials.
Besides precision weapons and drones, the Ukrainians have partisans who tell Ukrainian militaries where the ammo dumps and control centers are. Naturally, in an enemy-controlled area where the partisans from the local population know the terrain better than the occupiers, and when keeping secrets in the age of the Internet and the smartphone, satellite surveillance and allied intelligence is impossible.
Obviously, the Ukrainian soldier is a thinking soldier. One thinking soldier defending their homeland is worth three orcs fighting for money and loot. One precision long-range artillery system does more damage to the enemy and less damage to civilians than 100 artillery pieces firing randomly at cities and fields.
Keep fighting smart, Ukraine: defy the russian and another geopolitical cynics, who know the price of everything and the value of nothing (Oscar Wilde).