Ukrainian attack on dam floods towns in Russia | News
Ukrainian forces carried out a series of attacks on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in Russia's Kherson province on Monday and Tuesday, destroying the dam's valves and causing the town of Nóvaya Kakhovka to flood.
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The mayor of Nóvaya Kajovka, Vladimir Leóntiev, who described the attack as "a serious act of terrorism", specified that the bombardments affected the upper part of the facility, causing the river water to rise up to ten meters.
However, the territorial authority pointed out that, although the dam has not been destroyed, the Ukrainian attacks continue, which could aggravate the current situation.
In this sense, the head of the Kherson government, Andrei Alekseenko, reported that 14 communities located in the vicinity of the Dnieper River, where more than 20,000 people reside, are in danger of flooding.
Destruction of the Kajovka dam caused "gigantic" damage to the environment
The destruction of the valves of the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant, in the Russian province of Kherson, due to the bombardments carried out by the Ukrainian Army at dawn on Tuesday caused serious damage to the environment of the region, denounced the mayor of the city of Novaya Kakhovka.
"The environmental damage is gigantic, both upstream and downstream," the official said in statements to local press.
The Russian senator and representative of the Executive body of the Republic of Crimea, Olga Kovitidi, also foresees that the destruction of the dam will cause "colossal" damage to the ecosystem and, therefore, to the economy and society of the region.
kyiv seeks to deprive Crimea of water by attacking the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station
For his part, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, stated that the objective of the attack is to deprive Crimea of water while adding that “the water level in the reservoir drops and, consequently, the supply to the canal is reduced. It's drastically shrinking."
"Apparently, this distraction is also related to the fact that, having launched a large-scale offensive two days ago, the Ukrainian armed forces are now failing to achieve their goals. These offensives are being stifled," the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Nóvaya Kajovka reported that the city is flooded and that the situation "is getting worse." However, he assured that, according to forecasts, in 72 hours the water will drop to normal levels.
According to the emergency service, Ukrainian troops fired 37 howitzer shells and another two from the Alder MLRS system at Kakhovka, Nóvaya Kakhovka and other locations in Kherson.
IAEA alert of low water level in the cooling tank of the Zaporizhia plant
In another order of things related to this attack, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, assured that the water level in the cooling tank of the systems of the Zaporiya nuclear power plant had decreased by a worrisome way.
"The dam in Nóvaya Kajovka received serious damage, which caused an alarming drop in the water level in the tank, from where the water came to cool the plant," the official said on his Twitter account.
The Kakhovka Dam, on the upper reaches of the Dnieper, forms the sixth and last of six reservoirs along the river that runs through Ukraine from north to south.
It is located five kilometers from the city of Novaya Kakhovka in the Kherson region. The Russian military took control of the plant at the beginning of the special military operation. Since then, the Ukrainian armed forces have bombarded the hydroelectric plant regularly.
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