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Russian troops blow up Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant

Jun 6, 2023

Russian troops blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in the Kherson region tonight, June 6. The extent of the damage is currently being determined.

This is reported with reference to the Telegram of the speaker of the Operational Command "South" Vladyslav Nazarov.

"Russian occupation forces have blown up the Kakhovka HPP. The scale of the destruction, the speed and volume of water, and the likely areas of flooding are currently being determined. All services are working. The situation is being monitored," the spokesperson for the South military command said in the statement.

Units of the National Police and the State Emergency Service of the Kherson region have been put on alert to warn and evacuate civilians from potential flood zones on the right bank of the Dnipro River, which includes 10 settlements and part of the city of Kherson.

The Kherson City Council said that evacuation by buses would be carried out from the districts of Kherson and the villages where flooding is taking place. Hospitals and utilities have been put on alert.

The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, commented on the hydroelectric power plant explosion.

"Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. Another war crime by Russian terrorists. The President is convening the National Security and Defense Council. This is ecocide. The Russians will be responsible for the possible deprivation of drinking water for people in the south of Kherson and in Crimea, the possible destruction of some settlements and the biosphere," Yermak said in the statement.

According to him, the actions of the occupiers pose a threat to the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

"President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has decided to hold an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in connection with the explosion of the Kakhovka reservoir dam," NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danylov said on Twitter.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 06/06/2023

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