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Flood leaves Ukraine citizen devastated

On early Tuesday, Russian terrorists allegedly destroyed the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam on the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine. The videos shared on Twitter shows the Kakhovka dam’s destruction flooding the war zone, placing the life of thousands of residents at risk and raising concerns about long-lasting environmental and humanitarian disasters. You can watch numerous clips of the destruction of the Kakhovka dam ahead.

Ukraine and Russia are pointing fingers at each other for the responsibility of the calamity. Officials at Kyvi said Moscow’s forces had blown up the dam in the early hours while President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, hinted towards the involvement of ‘Russian terrorists.’ A spokesperson of the Kremlin, Dmitry S. Peskov, denied any involvement from Russia and claimed it was sabotage.

Engineering expert discusses the Kakhovka Dam explosion after its video went viral on social media

Engineering and munitions experts shared their opinion with the New York Times that a deliberate dam explosion is most likely to cause the collapse. Structural failure or an attack from the outside is also possible but not as likely as from the inside.

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, called the destruction ‘a monumental humanitarian, ecological, and economic catastrophe.’ He further stated that the destruction is an example of the horrible price people pay for wars.

The Nova Kakhovka dam consisted of water equivalent to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The head of Ukrhydroenergo, Ukraine’s hydroelectric power company, Ihor Syrota, said in an interview that the plant collapsed at 2:50 AM on Tuesday. He also relented that the plant wasn’t repairable because of the significant damage to its lower part.

The videos circulating online show Kakhovka Dam’s breakage and floodwater carrying trees and debris from destroyed houses. Many made their way through the water to rescue pets and belongings. Some even rode submerged bicycles through the muddy water. Meanwhile, the Ukraine authorities responded to save the citizens by trains and buses.

Emergency crews arrived to assist in rescuing 

Emergency crews quickly came to southern Ukraine from Kyiv, the head of the state emergency service, Serhiy Kruk, said in a statement. Vehicles designed to drive through floodwaters, generators, mobile water treatment plants, water trucks, and other equipment also reached the area. Volunteers from the Red Cross arrived for aid in Mykolaiv.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, shared that the United States is monitoring the effects of the destruction. “Understandably, the deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructure is against the laws of war,” he said.

  • Kirby also shared that they are aware of the casualties, including many possible deaths. However, he clarified that the data is based on early reports, so he cannot state it in a number. Kirby didn’t share any more details, and Ukrainian officials also denied the immediate release of any information regarding casualties.

Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam is the southernmost dam on the Dnipro River. It was built in the early 1950s and flowed downstream from the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which relies on the Kakhovka reservoir to cool its reactors.

Was the Kakhovka Dam warfare expected?

Kakhovka Dam destruction
KaKhaovka Dam (Image via Twitter)

The damage to the dam was expected since last fall when Ukraine edged closer to reclaiming Kherson. Officials in Kyiv and Moscow warned that the opposition would try to damage the dam.

  • President Zelensky also told a meeting of European leaders in Brussels that Russia might prepare a “false flag” operation and blow the Kakhovaka to frame Ukraine for the humanitarian and ecological disaster.
  • However, it was still doubtful, as the Military analysts pointed out that neither side would gain anything from destroying the dam. Other officials also expressed concern about the potential industrial pollution and the horrible threat to nature conservation areas.

Following the destruction on Tuesday, Josep Borrell Fontanelles, the European Union’s top diplomat, said the disaster represents “a new dimension of Russian atrocities.” He further made a vow on Twitter that “all commanders, perpetrators, and accomplices” will face accountability for the “violation” of international humanitarian law.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, stated the dam’s destruction is a heinous “ecocide.” The destruction of the Kakhovka dam inflicted one of the largest technological disasters in decades, placing thousands of civilians at risk.

Doug Weir, the research and policy director at the Conflict and Environment Observatory, noted that the Kakhovka Dam destruction would likely cause many acute and long-term environmental ill effects. “It’s going to have an enormous legacy.”

While Ukraine and Russia blame each other, it remains unclear who was responsible for the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam.

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