Megadam destruction – Ukrainian ambassador: “Danger is very great!”


After the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine, masses of water are pouring into the battle zone and the flooding is uncontrollable. The situation is particularly difficult in the town of Nowa Kachowka, which is located directly on the dam, because the water there is said to have already risen forty feet.

“The danger to the civilian population is very, very great,” Ukraine’s ambassador to Austria Vasyl Khymynets told Ukrainian authorities are therefore working tirelessly to evacuate the civilian population, he continued. It had already been speculated that the Russian side might have blown up the megadam to prevent a Ukrainian counter-offensive. See the video above for more and more updates.

Zoo also flooded
Kazkova Dibrova zoo was also affected by the floods, according to the Ukrainian news agency RBC Ukraine, citing local Telegram channels. All the animals could have been dead. According to data from February 2022, about 260 animals are housed in the facility. The mayor of Nowa Kachowka described that there are currently communication problems and therefore it is difficult to get an overview of the current situation. He considers it possible that the Russian side wants to create an information vacuum with targeted disruptions.

Russian panic response?
Zelenskyy sees the destruction of the dam as confirmation of the need to expel Russian troops from all over Ukraine. According to Ukrainian military intelligence, Russian troops blew up the dam in a panic. “This is a flagrant act of terrorism and a war crime that will serve as evidence in an international tribunal.”

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the destruction of the dam. The incident puts thousands of citizens at risk and causes serious environmental damage, Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “This is an outrageous act that once again demonstrates the brutality of Russia’s war in Ukraine.”

Unprecedented attack
EU Council President Charles Michel was also appalled by the serious explosion at the dam. “Shocked by the unprecedented attack on the Nova Kakhovka dam,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, “The destruction of civilian infrastructure is clearly a war crime – and we will hold Russia and its proxies accountable.” EU summit at the end of June and propose more aid to the flooded areas, he wrote. “My thoughts are with all the families affected by the disaster in Ukraine.”

Serious environmental damage is feared
Ukraine charged Russia with state terrorism in the United Nations Supreme Court for the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam. Ukrainian Special Ambassador Anton Korynevych spoke before the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Tuesday about a targeted attack that threatens the safety of the population and could lead to serious environmental damage. “Russia’s actions are those of a terrorist state.”

Kiev dates the beginning of the war with the annexation of Crimea
The United Nations court in the Netherlands on Tuesday began hearing Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russian aggression since 2014. Kiev filed the lawsuit in 2017 – well before the raid last February. Korynevych accused the neighboring country of a systematic campaign against Ukraine, its people and culture. The aggression began in 2014 in the Donbass and on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexes to this day.

Source: Krone


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