Video | Could the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam affect Ukraine's counteroffensive in the war? | Videos

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"We don't know if it was an accident, if it was one of the two sides, and the military effects are often uncertain," says Guillermo Pulido, a defense analyst at the Armies Magazine. "We are talking about a war front of more than a thousand kilometers, so it can influence what happens in that sector, but that does not give a definitive advantage to either side," adds Jesús A. Núñez Villaverde, co-director of the IECAH. In the video that accompanies this news item, these two experts answer a question: could the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam in Kherson affect the counteroffensive launched by Ukraine against the invading Russia?

The dam of the hydroelectric power station has been destroyed in the early hours of Tuesday and the two sides accuse each other. It is not clear which of the two may be more harmed in the conflict due to the breakdown of the infrastructure. What is clear is that the Ukrainian civilian population and environment will be greatly affected. Many towns will be flooded by the waters of the Dnieper River and tens of thousands of people will have to be evacuated.

River crossing?

The impact of the dam breach on the Ukrainian counter-offensive may depend on what their plans were. The flooding of defensive areas can make it impossible for local troops to advance, allowing Putin's troops to send the troops that guarded them to other more threatened points on the front. But the flooding could also favor a Dnieper crossing operation. In either case, it is too soon to know the impact of the dam failure on the war.

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