Ukrainian forces launched another raid attempt on the Russian-held town of Energodar shortly after midnight on Saturday, after shelling the area in the vicinity of Zaporozhye nuclear plant, local military-civilian administration member Vladimir Rogov claimed. The Russian Defense Ministry, however, has yet to make any official statements.
Several sabotage groups used at least 15 speedboats in an attempt to cross the Kakhovka Reservoir, according to Rogov, allegedly seeking to land in three different locations – the nuclear city of Energodar itself, and the nearby towns of Vasilyevka and Dneproprudnoye.
The first unverified reports of multiple speedboats moving out from the Ukraine-controlled shore of the reservoir emerged around midnight, coinciding with allegations of renewed shelling of the city of Energodar. After receiving and confirming information about the swarm of boats, Russian forces allegedly deployed Ka-52 attack helicopters and successfully repelled the attempted assault, Rogov said in a follow-up Telegram post around 2:45am.
The Russian Defense Ministry is expected to share more details about the engagement in the morning, he added.