Along the battle line in southern Ukraine, a crucial dam and hydroelectric power facility were damaged.
Since the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February, the dam has served as a crucial supply route for Russian forces positioned on the river’s right bank. Only three important crossings of the Dnipro exist, all of which are in the Kherson region.
The massive Dnieper River in Ukraine is blocked off by the dam, creating a sizable water reservoir. The actual dam is hundreds of meters broad and 30 meters tall. As a component of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power project, it was constructed in 1956.
Soon after Ukraine accused Russia of blowing up the dam, the head of the Kherson region urged residents to evacuate the area warning that “water will reach a critical level in 5 hours”.
The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, Zaporizhzhia, and the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014, are both supplied with water by the reservoir.
The hydropower facility at Kakhovka benefits from it as well. After Russia spent weeks earlier this year targeting crucial infrastructure, the destruction of the dam would exacerbate Ukraine’s current energy issues.
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.