Ukraine Calls Russia Ecocide After Kherson Dam Collapses, Forcing Evacuations

Ukraine Calls Russia “Ecocide” After Kherson Dam Collapses, Forcing Evacuations

The Russian-controlled city of Novaya Kakhovka in the Kherson region has refuted claims by the Ukrainian military that Russian forces were responsible for extensive damage to a massive dam in southern Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian military’s Southern Command announced on Facebook that the Russian military had “blown up” the Kakhovka reservoir.

Military officials are “working to clarify the scope of the damage, the rate and amount of water, and the likely areas of inundation.”

The mayor of Novaya Kakhovka, headquartered in Moscow, was quoted by RIA Novosti, another Russian state news agency, as saying that shelling from Ukraine had damaged the dam.

As the water level in the Dnieper River rose after the dam was destroyed, the Ukrainian military administration for the Kherson region warned residents of several settlements on the river’s right bank to evacuate.

Everyone in the flood zone should do the following as the water rises: disconnect all electrical appliances; gather essential papers and belongings; secure the safety of loved ones and pets; The government issued a warning via Telegram to “follow the instructions of the rescuers and policemen.”

Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov said that President Volodymyr Zelensky had convened an emergency meeting of the country’s National Security Council in the wake of the dam explosion.

The Ukrainian and Russian armed forces have expressed concern that a Soviet-era dam in the area of Kherson currently under Russian control could cause flooding in the conflict zone.

An unverified video on social media showed a series of intense explosions around the Kakhovka Dam.

In other footage, water was shown rushing through the broken remnants of the dam, with onlookers expressing disbelief and using colorful language to describe the scene.

After Kherson Dam Collapses, Forcing Evacuations

The Kakhovka hydroelectric power facility, with a 30 m (about 98 ft) tall and 3.2 km (about 2 mi) long dam, was constructed on the Dnieper River in 1956.

The Dnipro River is vital for Ukraine’s drinking water and electricity supply because it runs from its northern border with Belarus to the Black Sea. Ukraine controls five of the six dams along this river. Russian soldiers have taken control of the Kakhovka dam, the most downstream of the three in the Kherson region.

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