2022 bombing of Kryvyi Rih

2022 bombing of Kryvyi Rih
Part of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Dam of Karachunivka Reservoir after Russian shelling, 2022-09-14 (01).jpg
The Karachunivske Reservoir [uk] at Kryvyi Rih after shelling by Russian forces
DateFebruary 24, 2022 – present
Kryvyi Rih
 Russia  Ukraine
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The 2022 bombing of Kryvyi Rih is a series of artillery fire and air raids carried out by the Russian occupiers in the city of Kryvyi Rih during the invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Course of events


On February 24, 2022, military warehouses of the 17th tank brigade in Kryvyi Rih near the Makulan microdistrict were fired upon.[1][2]


On April 7, there were three shellings on the territory of Dnipropetrovsk region during the day. The occupiers struck the Sinelnykivsky and Kryvorizky districts. It is known about four dead. Seven were injured. Two citizens went missing.[3] A rocket also hit a residential sector in Kryvyi Rih. One person was injured.[3]

On April 18, Russians attacked the Kryvorizka district, there are victims and dead.[4]


On July 25, at 2 a.m., the metallurgical district of Kryvyi Rih was shelled with cluster munitions from the Russian Tornado-S MLRS. It is stated that there were no victims.


On September 3, the Shirokiv community came under fire in the Kryvorizka district. Many houses were destroyed. There was no victims.

On September 8, Russian troops tried to launch a missile attack on Kryvyi Rih, but the missile was destroyed in the sky by Ukrainian air defense forces.[5]

On 14 September, at around 17:00, Russia carried out a missile attack on Kryvyi Rih, firing at least 7 Iskander and Kinjal missiles at the city.[6] 6 of which struck in the area of the Karachunivske Reservoir [uk].[7] After the missile attack, the water level in the Inhulets River rose by 1–2 meters, as a result of which 112 private houses were flooded.[7][6] As a result of the missile attack, there were interruptions in water supply in several areas of the city in Kryvyi Rih.[8][9] In addition, about 5,000 residents of the Sofiyiv settlement community were left without water supply and 7,000 residents of the Lozuvat village community.[10][11] At midnight, on 15 September, the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih, Oleksandr Vilkul, announced the partial evacuation of two districts of Kryvyi Rih due to the rise of the water level in the Inhulets River to a historical maximum.[12][13] Emergency services had to carry out two controlled bursts on the dam downstream to increase the carrying capacity of the Inhulets River and lower the water level.[7] By 16 September, the water in the Inhulets turned red. Media speculated that this was the result of a change in the course of the river and its flow on clay soils.[14] The sluice gates of the dam, which was hit by a missile, were covered with loam and rubble.[14] In addition, water supply was stabilized in Kryvyi Rih.[15] The head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration, Valentin Reznichenko, said that in the afternoon of September 16, the Russians struck another blow at the critical infrastructure, as a result of which hydrotechnical structures suffered serious destruction.[16] The Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ruslan Strelets, said that the destruction of the hydrotechnical protective structure of the Karachunivske Reservoir could cause a man-made catastrophe with serious consequences for the environment and people.[17]

On September 26, the Russians fired Kh-59 missiles at a city airport, damaging its infrastructure.[18]


As a result of the shelling of the Karachunivske Reservoir, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated that Russia attempted to flood Kryvyi Rih:

The terrorist country continues to fight against the civilian population. This time —missile strikes on hydraulic structures and an attempt to flood Kryvyi Rih. All the occupiers can do is to sow panic, create an emergency, try to leave people without light, heat, water and food.

— Volodymyr Zelenskyy, [19]

The head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih, Oleksandr Vilkul, also stated about the Russians' attempt to flood Kryvyi Rih:

Dear residents of Kryvyi Rih, today the Russians committed another terrorist act. It hit a very large hydrotechnical structure in Kryvyi Rih with eight cruise missiles. The effort  is to simply wash off a part of our city with water.

— Oleksandr Vilkul, [20]

The Institute for the Study of War said that Russia launched a missile attack on the dam to deter a counteroffensive by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in southern Ukraine, preventing future operations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the Inhulets.[21]


  1. ^ "Віроломний напад Росії на Україну: як це відбувалося в регіонах" [Russia's vicious attack on Ukraine: how it happened in the regions]. www.unian.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  2. ^ "У Кривому Розі евакуюють частину жителів після ракетного удару військових складів" [In Kryvyi Rih, part of the residents are being evacuated after a missile attack on military depots]. РБК-Украина (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  3. ^ a b "На Дніпропетровщині від російських обстрілів загинули п'ятеро людей" [In Dnipropetrovsk region, five people were killed by Russian shelling]. www.ukrinform.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  4. ^ "На Дніпропетровщині ракети рф влучили у цивільну та залізничну інфраструктуру" [In Dnipropetrovsk region, Russian missiles hit civilian and railway infrastructure]. www.ukrinform.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  5. ^ "Ракета РФ не долетіла до Кривого Рогу, ЗСУ збили її за кілька кілометрів від міста – Вілкул про денний вибух" [The Russian missile did not reach Kryvyi Rih, the Armed Forces shot it down a few kilometers from the city - Vilkul about the daytime explosion]. Радіо Свобода (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  6. ^ a b Zaxid.net. "Через російський ракетний удар по дамбі піднявся рівень води в ріці Інгулець" [Due to the Russian attack on the dam, the water level in Ingulka rose]. ZAXID.NET (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  7. ^ a b c "Росія два дні б'є по Кривому Рогу. І, здається, не досягає мети. Що це означає для ЗСУ" [Russia has been hitting Kryvyi Rih for two days. And it doesn't seem to reach the goal. What does this mean for the Armed Forces]. liga.net. September 15, 2022. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  8. ^ "У Кривому Розі після ракетного удару виникли проблеми з водою: коли з'явиться" [Water problems arose in Kryvyi Rih after a missile attack: when will it appear]. РБК-Украина (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  9. ^ "Ракетний удар по дамбі у Кривому Розі: як це вплине на водопостачання та яка ситуація в місті" [Rocket attack on the dam in Kryvyi Rih: how will it affect the water supply and what is the situation in the city]. 24 Канал (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  10. ^ "У Кривому Розі всю ніч боролися з наслідками удару по дамбі – рівень води спадає" [In Kryvyi Rih, they struggled all night with the consequences of the impact on the dam - the water level is falling]. Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  11. ^ Kitsoft. "Ліквідація наслідків ракетної атаки на Кривий Ріг та ворожі удари по Нікопольському району : як минула ніч на Дніпропетровщині - ДніпроОДА" [Elimination of the consequences of the missile attack on Kryvyi Rih and enemy strikes on the Nikopol district: how the night passed in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast - Dnipro Regional State Administration]. adm.dp.gov.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  12. ^ "У Кривому Розі оголошено часткову евакуацію, рівень річки Інгулець наближається до історичного максимуму" [A partial evacuation has been announced in Kryvyi Rih, the level of the Inhulets River is approaching a historical maximum] (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  14. ^ a b Дурова, Дар'я (2022-09-16). "У Кривому Розі вода в Інгульці стала червоною: з'явилося пояснення. Фото" [In Kryvyi Rih, the water in Ingulka turned red: an explanation appeared. Photo]. OBOZREVATEL NEWS (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  15. ^ "У Кривому Розі стабілізували водопостачання" [Water supply was stabilized in Kryvyi Rih]. ua.korrespondent.net (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  16. ^ "Окупанти знову атакували ракетами Кривий Ріг: серйозно пошкоджено критичну інфраструктуру" [The occupiers again attacked Kryvyi Rih with rockets: critical infrastructure was seriously damaged]. nv.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  17. ^ "Руйнація гідроспоруди у Кривому Розі може призвести до техногенної катастрофи – Міндовкілля" [The destruction of the hydraulic structure in Kryvyi Rih may lead to a man-made disaster - the Ministry of Environment]. www.ukrinform.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  18. ^ "Окупанти завдали ракетного удару по аеропорту Кривого Рогу". РБК-Украина (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  19. ^ "Зеленський відреагував на обстріл окупантами Кривого Рогу". korrespondent.net. 14 September 2022.
  20. ^ "Підтоплення у Кривому Розі: мешканців низки вулиць просять евакуюватися". ukrinform.ua. 15 September 2022.
  21. ^ "RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, SEPTEMBER 14". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
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