The hydroelectric Nova Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine has been blown.
Kherson is located 30 kilometers to the east of the Nova Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro River. For the neighborhood and Ukraine’s larger war effort, its destruction would have a number of major effects.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had accused Russia in October last year of planning to blast up a dam at a hydroelectric plant in southern Ukraine, causing a “large-scale disaster.” BBC cited Zelenskyy during his midnight address that Russian soldiers had mined the Kakhovka dam on the Dnieper River.
The Ukrainian government has demanded that residents of the downstream area leave because of impending catastrophic floods and has accused Russia of blowing up the Nova Kakhovka dam on the Dnieper River.
Sergei Surovikin, the military commander for Russia in Ukraine, reportedly claimed in October of last year that Kyiv was preparing a “massive missile strike,” according to media sources. Russia has repeatedly accused Ukraine of assaulting the dam.
In the video, a sizeable amount of water is seen freely flowing through the split in half Kakhovka dam and power plant. The factory and dam, which are situated on the Dnipro River close to the city of Kherson, were taken over by Russia last year.
According to NYTimes, David Helms, a former U.S. Air Force and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologist, said that communities along the occupied Russian side of the waterway risk being flooded and swept away. The destruction also poses significant risk to nearby ports and grain silos, as well as the surrounding ecosystem. “It’s just vast the amount of damage and harm, between communities, irrigation and transportation,” he said.
A huge area with many residences could experience destructive floods if the dam that prevents a volume of water the size of Utah’s Great Salt Lake is destroyed.