Russia’s destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) is a terrorist act against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, aimed at causing maximum destruction and casualties.
Source: Ukrinform quoting Serhii Kyslytsia, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations
Quote: “This is a terrorist act against Ukrainian critical infrastructure, which aims to cause as much civilian casualties and as much destruction as possible. By resorting to the scorched earth tactic, or in this case the tactic of flooded land, the Russian occupiers have effectively recognized that the captured territory does not belong to them, and that they are not in a position to hold this land.”
Details: Kyslytsia said the terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP had already been actively discussed by the occupation forces, Russian propagandists and their foreign ministry, indicating that it was planned in advance.
Kyslytsia called Russia’s accusations that the dam was blown up by Ukraine “predictably misleading”. “We observed the same technique of blaming the victim for their own crimes. A country that has desperately denied its war crimes in Mariupol, Bucha, Izium and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is unlikely to admit responsibility in today’s technological disaster,” he added. underline.
The representative of Ukraine recalled that the Russian Federation has controlled the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station for more than a year. “It is physically impossible to blow it up from the outside, by bombardment. It was mined by the Russian occupiers, and they blew it up,” he noted.
Kyslytsia said the dam explosion was the Kremlin’s response to countries’ calls for peace talks with the Russian Federation. He pointed out that Russia has confirmed by its actions that it is not at all interested in de-escalation or peace.
“He [Russia – ed.] must be stopped and rendered harmless, rather than appeased. And that is why the defeat of Russia – a defeat that we will ensure anyway – will be the most important contribution to the security of our region and the whole world,” Kyslytsia added.
On the morning of June 6, the Ukrainian operational command Pivden (south) reported that Russian occupation forces had blown up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. The dam and the turbine hall of the power station are completely destroyed. The emptying of the Kakhovka reservoir threatens the safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station caused an ecological disaster. Water from the reservoir began flooding towns and villages, and evacuations of local residents from hazardous areas began. The explosion of the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station caused problems with the water supply in the cities of Kryvyi Rih, Marhanets and Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk oblast.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the recent disaster at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station created by the Russians will not prevent Ukraine from liberating its own territory, nor will it increase the chances of the occupiers to stay on this land.
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