Dam attack near Kherson causes severe flooding

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'ecocide' over destruction of vital dam near Kherson


A large dam and hydroelectric plant in southern Ukraine occupied by Russia was destroyed Tuesday morning, prompting evacuations. Fears of large-scale devastation, as Ukraine blamed the Moscow's forces of committing an act of "ecocide".

To downstream residents of the Nova Kakhova Dam on the Dnipro River in Kherson was ordered to "do everything possible to save their lives," according to the head of the Ukrainian military administration of the Kherson region, while A video showed a flood of water gushing from a fault of a important prey.

Two videos posted on social media and geotagged showed the dam wall destroyed and torrents of water running. towards the river. Several buildings at the entrance to the dam also suffered. Serious damage.

The vital Nova Kakhova Dam spans the Dnipro River, an important waterway that runs through the southeast of Ukraine, and there are several cities and villages downstream, including Kherson, a city of around 300,000 inhabitants before the invasion of its neighbor Moscow.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who convened a meeting of Emergency of his security chiefs, he said his destruction "only confirms for the whole world" that Russian forces "must be expelled from all corners of Ukrainian territory."

"The Russians will be responsible for the possible deprivation of drinking water for the inhabitants of the southern region of Kherson and Crimea, from the possible destruction of some settlements and the biosphere," he said.

European Council President Charles Michel also appeared to blame Moscow, writing on Twitter that "Russia and its proxies" will have to Accountability.

During the war in Ukraine, Moscow and Kiev accused each other of conspiring to blow up the Soviet-era dam.

The dam, a critical piece of infrastructure, contains about 18 cubic kilometers in the Kakhovka reservoir, roughly the equivalent to the Great Salt Lake in the U.S. state of Utah, according to the Reuters news.

The 30-meter-high, 3.2-kilometer-long structure is one of the six dams along the Dnipro and supply water to much of the southeast of Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Ukraine's nuclear agency, Energoatom, said that while the water from the tank to "supply the turbine condensers and systems power plant safety", the cooling pond is "full" and at 8 a.m. local time, "the water level is 16.6 meters", which is sufficient for the needs of the plant."

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