Video, photo 15:10 08 Jun 2023

About 28,000 fish have died in Dnipropetrovsk region because of Kakhovka dam destruction

Death of fish in Dnipropetrovsk region. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk Regional Prosecutor's Office

More than 850 kilograms of aquatic organisms, including fish, died because of Russia's destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) dam and the silting of the reservoir in the village of Marianske in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

The head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, Serhii Lysak, announced this, Rubryka reports.

According to him, about 850 kg of biological resources were lost due to the rapid shallowing of the Kakhovka Reservoir because of the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP by the Russian troops.

"These are carp, approximately 28,000 fish. The bank has already been cleared of fish. It has been disposed of," said the head of the region.

The governor said losses to the region's fishing industry might exceed 7.6 million hryvnias.

Death of fish in Dnipropetrovsk region. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk Regional Prosecutor's Office

The Dnipropetrovsk Regional Prosecutor's Office also showed the consequences of damage to the Kakhovka HPP.

The destruction of the Kakhovka HPP dam led to a critical drop in the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir, resulting in fish deaths near Marianske. Law enforcement officers add that this could lead to an ecological disaster.

"Initial investigative actions are currently underway to record the negative consequences and establish the amount of damage caused to the environment," the prosecutor's office wrote.

Law enforcement officers have started a pre-trial investigation into the facts of ecocide and violation of the laws and customs of war.

Earlier, Rubryka reported that Ukraine's Ministries of Environmental Protection said that Russia's blowing up of Kakhovka HPP is the biggest ecocide since the beginning of the war.

There is evidence base of the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP dam by the Russian occupiers. Ukraine's intelligence continues to actively collect evidence.

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