Hundreds of thousands of people may be without access to clean water, President Volodymyr Zelensky said as people fled besieged cities. Another humanitarian frontline battle calamity occurred on Tuesday when the Kakhovka dam was destroyed, causing flooding in the surrounding area.
On Wednesday, rescuers worked to evacuate residents from a large area in southern Ukraine. Tragic events have occurred. Water from the dam burst, flooding streets and homes in dozens of localities; rescuers sent boats and food supplies to inhabitants; many houses were relocated or destroyed.
The flood was scheduled to reach its peak on Wednesday morning. Much death has also occurred. According to Ukrainian officials, some 16,000 people on the west bank of the Dnipro River (which is under Ukrainian administration) have already been evacuated, and another 25,000 people on the east bank (which is under Russian control) will need to be evacuated as not
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine confirmed that hundreds of people “were without normal access to drinking water and that emergency services were doing a wartime job of providing aid in Ukrainian-controlled areas” as the scope of the crisis became apparent. Is.
Nova Kakhovka, a town next to the dam and connected hydroelectric power station saw its Russian-established officials report that floodwaters had begun to drain by Wednesday morning. Although he stressed that these were only preliminary counts, he added that seven persons were reported missing.
It has been in Russian control since the beginning of the war, but experts believe an internal explosion was to blame for the collapse of the gigantic steel-reinforced concrete dam. Moscow has accused Ukraine of being responsible, calling the explosion sabotage, but has offered no further explanation. Mr. Zelensky claimed that the Russian military blew out the dam to “use the flood as a weapon.”
Russia has been controlling the dam and the entire Kakhovka HPP for more than a year. It is physically impossible to blow it up somehow from the outside, by shelling. It was mined by the Russian occupiers. And they blew it up.
Russia has detonated a bomb of mass environmental… pic.twitter.com/ki7TAsIsNZ
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) June 6, 2023
However, he added that the dam’s demolition “will not affect Ukraine’s ability to hold onto its territories,” presumably referring to the retaliatory offensive launched by Ukrainian forces this week east of the Dnipro, reported by Russian officials. Was. it conceivable
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