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

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.


Dam attack could turn Ukrainian fields into ‘deserts’ and trigger ‘food crisis’

The destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam will likely turn fields in southern Ukraine “into deserts” within a year – triggering a global food security crisis, senior Ukrainian officials have warned.

Ukrainian emergency services are carrying out rescue operations in dozens of towns and villages following the dam – which is under Russian occupation – releasing water from one of Europe’s largest reservoirs in the ravaged south the war.

The deluge destroyed homes, drowned animals, cut off drinking water supplies and forced thousands to evacuate.

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Arpan RaiJune 8, 2023 5:18 a.m.


Ukrainians abandon their homes as infected water sweeps across the region

Hundreds of Ukrainians abandoned their flooded residences as infected floodwaters spread across southern Ukraine following the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam.

The destruction of a huge hydroelectric dam on the front lines between Russian and Ukrainian forces has left residents dragging themselves through flooded streets, carrying children on their shoulders, dogs in their arms and belongings in plastic bags .

Rescuers also used dinghies to search for areas where the waters reached head height.

Officials said hundreds of thousands of people still had no access to clean water after tens of thousands of hectares of farmland were flooded and at least 500,000 hectares deprived of irrigation are transformed into “deserts”.

Residents of the southern side of the floodplain under Ukrainian control blamed the bursting of the dam on Russian troops manning it on the eastern bank of the Dnipro.

“They hate us,” said Oleksandr Reva, a riverside villager.

“They want to destroy a Ukrainian nation and Ukraine itself. And they don’t care by what means because nothing is sacred to them,” he said.

Arpan RaiJune 8, 2023 4:45 a.m.


NATO countries “could send troops to Ukraine”, warns the former head of the alliance

A number of NATO countries could send troops to Ukraine if the embattled country does not receive security guarantees at an upcoming summit, a former secretary general has warned.

Former NATO chief Anders Rasmussen said that even if such guarantees were not agreed, the members of the alliance would not allow the issue of Ukraine’s future NATO membership. be dropped from the agenda of the Vilnius summit in July.

The comments come after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO would only provide full security guarantees to full members. kyiv has long called for Ukraine to be admitted to NATO, but member states have resisted calls over fears of the possibility of war with Russia.

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Arpan RaiJune 8, 2023 4:16 a.m.


New satellite images show areas around Ukrainian dam completely submerged

New high-resolution satellite images showed continued widespread destruction in southern Ukraine following the opening of the Nova Kakhovka dam. Villages and towns downstream of the dam are plagued by heavy flooding, aerial footage shows.

Hundreds of homes, buildings and infrastructure along the Dnipro River remain submerged in floodwaters in images taken last night.

Aerial view of the Nova Kakhovka dam and adjacent hydroelectric power station more than 12 hours after the dam collapse

(Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies.)

Oleshky, Russian-held town of Kherson, was completely submerged by floods where people complained of loss of electricity supply and fires

(Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies.)

Aerial view of the Russian city of Kherson Oleshky shows heavy flooding

(Satellite image ©2023 Maxar Technologies.)

Arpan RaiJune 8, 2023 4:09 a.m.


ICYMI: Destruction of Ukrainian dam a ‘new low’ if Russian forces are responsible, says Sunak

Rishi Sunak said the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine would mark a “new low” in the conflict if Russian forces were held responsible.

The Prime Minister said the immediate priority was the humanitarian response to the disaster, which flooded villages, endangered vital crops and threatened drinking water supplies.

Mr Sunak, speaking to reporters as he traveled to Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden, said if it was an intentional act to blow the dam, it would be ” largest attack on civilian infrastructure” since the start of Vladimir Putin’s war.

Martha MchardyJune 8, 2023 03:00


Ukraine wary of floating mines, disease spreads after Kakhovka dam collapse

Ukraine warned of the danger of floating mines uncovered by flooding and the spread of disease and dangerous chemicals on Wednesday as senior officials inspected damage from the collapse of the vast Kakhovka hydroelectric dam.

Visiting the city of Kherson on the Dnipro River that crosses the country, Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said more than 80 settlements had been hit by a disaster that Ukraine and Russia blame each other for. ‘other.

Blaming the dam collapse on Russia, Kubrakov said, “They did it in order to release troops in that direction by flooding that part of the front line.”

Russia, whose troops seized the dam shortly after their invasion in February last year, said Ukraine sabotaged the dam to distract from a counter-offensive it called of “weak”.

“I can’t even talk now, I can’t pull myself together,” said Lyubov Buryi, 67, who was evacuated from Kherson to a hospital on Tuesday with her 40-year-old son Roman.

A general view of the broken Nova Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region

(via Reuters)

“I am of course terribly angry with (the Russians), I can’t even describe it… I don’t know what awaits us, our house seems to be destroyed,” she said.

Regional Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said the water had reached a depth of 5.34 meters (17.5 feet) in parts of Kherson, although he said the rise had slowed and could peak by the end of the day. end of Wednesday.

In Kherson, a large town about 60 km (37 miles) downstream from the destroyed dam, residents have set up makeshift embarkation points for dinghies which police, rescue workers and volunteers now use to move.

Kherson faces the eastern bank of the Dnipro under Russian control, and some residents have come under Russian artillery fire as they carry out their rescue and recovery work. The thud of artillery can be heard almost constantly in the distance.

“The water disrupts the mines that were laid earlier, causing them to explode,” Kubrakov, wearing a gray t-shirt, told reporters. As a result of the floods, chemicals and infectious bacteria were entering the water, he said.

He said Ukraine had allocated 120 million hryvnias ($3.25 million) to secure water supplies in Mykolaiv, another southern city, and 1.5 billion hryvnias had been set aside for rebuild the water pipes destroyed by the floods.

Martha MchardyJune 8, 2023 02:00


Watch: Ukrainians drive through flooded Kherson on canoes after dam attack

Ukrainians walk through flooded Kherson on canoes after dam attack

Martha MchardyJune 8, 2023 01:00


In pictures: Destruction after the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam

Members of the National Guard of Ukraine take part in a rescue operation for civilians amid flooding in Kherson

(via Reuters)

Local residents walk through a flooded street during an evacuation from a flooded area after the Nova Kakhovka dam breached


Ukrainian servicemen help local residents during an evacuation from a flooded area in Kherson

(AFP via Getty Images)

Volunteers navigate a boat during an evacuation of local residents from a flooded area after the Nova Kakhovka dam breached


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


Martha MchardyJune 8, 2023 12:00 a.m.


Ukraine’s long-term future will be on the agenda for Sunak-Biden meeting

Rishi Sunak said he and US President Joe Biden will discuss Ukraine’s long-term security when they meet in Washington.

The prime minister, who is due to travel to the White House on Thursday, said there was still no “definitive answer” as to whether Russia was responsible for the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine, but said suggested that this would fit a “pattern of behavior” of Vladimir. Putin’s forces.

More than 2,700 people are said to have fled flooded areas on both sides of the river under Russian and Ukrainian control.

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 11:00 p.m.


Watch: Dog rescued from Kherson floods after dam destroyed in area

Dog rescued from flooding in Kherson after dam destruction flooded area

Martha MchardyJune 7, 2023 10:00 p.m.

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