Ukraine-Russia War Breaking News: Attack on Putin Dam Sends Explosive Mines Floating in Kherson Floodwaters

Ukraine: Destroyed Soviet-era dam near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Ukraine has warned of the danger posed by the explosion of mines floating in flood waters from the Kakhovka dam disaster.

“The water disrupts the mines that were laid earlier, causing them to explode,” Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov told reporters earlier.

“Due to the floods, infectious diseases and chemicals got into the water,” he said.

Yesterday, Ukrainians fled to trees and rooftops to escape flooding caused by the collapse of the dam, which Kiev says was destroyed by Russia.

Hundreds of thousands of people are said to be deprived of normal access to drinking water following the breach, described by Ukrainian officials as the biggest environmental disaster since Chernobyl.

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Ukrainian PM urges UN and Red Cross to help flooded residents in areas under Russian control

Ukraine’s prime minister on Wednesday urged the United Nations, the International Red Cross and other agencies to act immediately to help flooded residents of southern Ukraine who are not receiving aid in areas controlled by occupying forces. Russians.

“The Russian occupiers don’t even make an effort to help these people, they let them perish,” Denys Shmyhal said in English in a video posted on Telegram, referring to the consequences of the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam.

“International humanitarian organizations, on behalf of the Ukrainian government, I urge you: you must act immediately.

“We ask you to take over the evacuation of people from the territory of the Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast, we must save the lives of people whom the occupiers have sentenced to death.”

It comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ‘shocked’ by what he described as the failure of the United Nations and the Red Cross to provide aid after the destruction of the huge Kakhovka dam.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 6:12 p.m.

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The Russian-backed official report that 300 zoo animals were killed when a dam flooded in Ukraine is false

The Russian mayor of Nova Kakhovka, a Moscow-controlled town in southern Ukraine, said Wednesday that claims by a local private zoo that its 300 animals drowned after the collapse of the nearby dam were false.

A zoo representative, called Kazkova Dibrova, said via the zoo’s Facebook account on Tuesday that the park was completely flooded and all of its animals were killed after the collapse of the nearby Nova Kakhovka dam.

Vladimir Leontyev, the Russian mayor of Nova Kakhovka, said on Wednesday the claim was false and that the zoo animals were evacuated in 2022.

“In fact, the situation is that last year all the animals were evacuated and moved away from Kazkova Dibrova,” he said.

“There was no one there, not a single animal.”

Claims have not been independently verified.

The zoo itself gave a different account of events on Wednesday, saying some initial information about what was happening was not entirely accurate and that some animals were not at the zoo when it was flooded.

“Yesterday, the workers, being in a state of shock, gave me information that was not entirely accurate. Some of the animals were not on the territory of the (zoo), but were at home with Val,” a zoo representative said, referring to the zoo director.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 6:00 p.m.

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Zelensky ‘shocked’ by inability of UN and Red Cross to help after dam burst – Bild

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday he was “shocked” by what he called the failure of the United Nations and the Red Cross to deliver aid after the massive Kakhovka dam was destroyed .

Although the disaster happened several hours ago, “they are not there,” Zelensky told German newspapers. Bild and Die Welt and also policy. “We have had no response. I am shocked”.

He also said Russian soldiers were firing from a distance as rescue attempts were underway. “As soon as our assistants try to save them, they get shot,” he said.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 5:50 p.m.

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Putin accuses Ukraine of destroying the Kakhovka dam at the request of the West

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused Ukraine of destroying the Kakhovka dam at the suggestion of the West, in what he called a “barbaric” war crime that escalated the conflict with Moscow.

The vast, Soviet-era Kakhovka Dam, under Russian control, breached in the early hours of Tuesday, unleashing floodwaters on part of the battlefield in southern Ukraine.

Ukraine blamed Russia for blowing it up. Russia said Ukraine sabotaged the dam to restrict Crimea’s water supply and distract from a faltering offensive. Some Russian-backed officials in the region have said the dam may have collapsed.

A view shows a flooded area after the Nova Kakhovka dam broke

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“Vladimir Putin said that the authorities in Kiev, at the suggestion of their Western conservatives, always make a dangerous bet on the escalation of hostilities, commit war crimes, openly use terrorist methods and organize sabotage on Russian territory “, said the Kremlin quoting Putin. as told.

“A clear example of this is the barbaric action to destroy the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in the Kherson region which led to a large-scale environmental and humanitarian disaster,” Putin said.

The Kremlin said the remarks were made during a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan. He did not refer to any evidence to support Putin’s claim.

With the collapse of the dam, some of the 18 cubic kilometers (4.3 cubic miles) of water held in the reservoir is now flooding parts of southern Ukraine, including areas controlled by Russian forces.

Putin ordered Emergency Situations Minister Alexander Kurenkov to lead rescue efforts in the region, the RIA news agency reported citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 5:42 p.m.

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Moscow-backed official says Russian military is profiting from Ukraine dam breach

A senior Moscow-backed official in a Russian-controlled part of Ukraine said the collapse of the giant Nova Kakhovka dam had given the Russian military a tactical advantage.

Ukraine and Russia blame each other for the destruction of the dam, which sent floods through a war zone and forced thousands to flee. Some experts say the dam may have collapsed due to previous damage and intense pressure.

Vladimir Saldo, the Russian governor of a Moscow-controlled part of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, said he believed Kiev was responsible for the disaster, but the tragedy gave an advantage to the Russian army.

“In military terms, the situation has unfolded in a way that is operationally and tactically in favor of the Russian forces,” Saldo told pro-Kremlin TV presenter Vladimir Soloviev.

He said the destruction of the dam and the resulting flooding would facilitate Russia’s defense against any Ukrainian counteroffensive in the region.

“They (the Ukrainians) hurt themselves by doing this. Their calculation was that by blowing up the dam they would give a strategic or operational advantage to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. But they won’t be able to do anything,” he said.

“Our armed forces now have an open space in front of them through which they can see who is trying to cross the Dnipro and how. And it will be impossible for them to pass through the Kakhovka reservoir if they try.

Moscow controls the left (east) bank of the Dnipro while Ukrainian forces are deployed on its right (west) bank.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 5:30 p.m.

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Britain can’t yet say Russia was responsible for dam destruction – PM Sunak

Britain cannot yet say that Russia is responsible for the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam on the front line between Russian and Ukrainian forces, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday during a visit to the United States. United.

When asked if Russia was responsible, Sunak told ITV: “I can’t say definitively yet. You know, our security and military services are working on it.

“But if it is true, if it turns out to be intentional, it will represent a new low. This is an appalling act of barbarism on the part of Russia,” he added.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 5:11 p.m.

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Russia says radiation levels at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant remain normal – RIA

Radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine are normal, RIA reported, citing a Russian state agency.

“Radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant are monitored daily,” RIA said, citing Russia’s Federal Medical and Biological Agency.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 4:57 p.m.

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NATO must discuss security guarantees for Kyiv – Stoltenberg

NATO must discuss options for giving Ukraine security guarantees for the period following its war with Russia, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

At the end of the war, NATO will need arrangements in place to ensure that Russia does not simply move its forces for another attack, he told reporters at an event in Brussels .

At the same time, Stoltenberg made it clear that NATO – under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty – will provide full security guarantees to full members only.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 4:51 p.m.

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Tucker Carlson calls Ukraine’s Jewish leader ‘rat-like’ as he launches new Twitter show with pro-Kremlin rant

Tucker Carlson described Ukraine’s Jewish leader as ‘rat-like’, questioned the official 9/11 story and definitively claimed aliens were visiting Earth as he tweeted his new TV show .

He called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “sweaty and rat-like,” a “persecutor of Christians” and in bed with American investment bankers.

Matt MatherJune 7, 2023 4:00 p.m.

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ICYMI: NATO allies prepare unprecedented air deployment exercise over Europe to show strength to Russia

Germany is preparing to host the biggest air deployment exercise in NATO history, a show of force meant to impress allies and potential adversaries such as Russia, German and US officials said on Wednesday.

The Air Defender 23 exercise which begins next week will see 10,000 participants and 250 aircraft from 25 countries respond to a simulated attack on a NATO member country. The United States alone sends 2,000 members of the American Air National Guard and a hundred planes to participate in the training maneuvers.

Matt MatherJune 7, 2023 3:40 p.m.

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