11:27 06 Jun 2023

Russia blowing up Kakhovka dam will not stop Ukraine's counteroffensive – AFU

The blowing up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant by the Russian invaders on the night of June 6 will not prevent the Ukrainian defenders from continuing to liberate the occupied territories.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine assured this, the Strategic Communications Department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports on the Telegram messaging app.

"Ukraine is equipped with all the necessary watercraft and pontoon-bridge crossings for crossing water obstacles. The insidious actions of the enemy, which create a social and economic crisis, will not stop the Defense Forces of Ukraine, which are ready to liberate the occupied territories of Ukraine," the statement emphasized.

The department also noted that the military leadership of the Russian Federation destroyed the dam because of "their fear of the Ukrainian army" and because of "the success of the Defense Forces of Ukraine in carrying out offensive actions."

As Rubryka reported, citing Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for Defense Forces in Ukraine's south,  the Russian troops decided to blow up the Kakhovka HPP in the Kherson region to stop the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

As Ukrainian intelligence noted, the Russian invaders mined it twice before detonating the Kakhovka HPP on June 6. Ukraine's intelligence adds that such a move indicates panic among the Russian forces.


On the night of June 6, the Russian invaders blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, located a few kilometers from the temporarily occupied city of Nova Kakhovka, Ukraine's southern Kherson region.

As a result of the dam's destruction, the water in the Kakhovka reservoir began to fall rapidly, threatening to flood. Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the Kherson regional military administration, reported that the evacuation of the local population from dangerous areas has begun.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine also announced the beginning of the evacuation of the civilian population from potential flooding zones on the right bank of the Dnipro River, namely: the villages of Mykolaivka, Olhivka, Lvove, Tiahinka, Ponyativka, Ivanivka, Tokarivka, Prydniprovske, Sadove, and partially the city of Kherson, an island Korabel.


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