14:26 10 Jun 2023

Kakhovka dam destruction causes ₴ 55 bln in environmental damage

Photo: Rubryka

A significant part (30%) of the nature reserve fund in the Kherson region is facing the danger of extinction due to the Russian forces' destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric station, resulting in a large flood in the region.

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ruslan Strilets, reported that.

As the head of the department noted, the estimated amount of environmental damage due to the detonation by the occupiers of the Kakhovka HPP is 55 billion hryvnias.

Нацпарк, Херсонщина

Photo: Telegram / Ruslan Strilets

According to reports, at this time, 62% of its volume, or 12.24 cubic km of water, has leaked from the Kakhovka reservoir.

The minister emphasizes that the water level in the reservoir is already 10.55 m, and it continues to decrease.

As Strilets stressed, the situation in national parks is also critical.

Нацпарк, Херсонщина

Photo: Telegram / Ruslan Strilets

The occupiers caused more than UAH 46 billion in damages to the Nyzhniodniprovskyi National Park alone.

"The situation in the national parks is critical. 30% of the nature reserve fund of the Kherson Region is in danger of disappearing. Water from the Kakhovka Reservoir reached the Nyzhniodniprovskyi National Park."

The shallowing of the water area in the national parks "Velykyi Luh" – by 4.2 meters and "Kamianska Sich" – by 6 meters continues," the minister wrote on his Facebook.

In turn, as the head of the department noted, the Oleshky sands occupied by the Russians are threatened by rising groundwater.

In addition, about 1,200 hectares of the territory of the Kinburn Split have already been flooded due to the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP dam.

As Rubryka wrote, due to flooding in the region, the road to the Kinburn spit occupied by the invaders was flooded, cutting off the peninsula from the mainland. Environmental inspectors, national park workers, watermen, and foresters at the site of the ecological disaster continue to record evidence of the occupiers' crimes.

It should be noted that in the controlled flooded Kherson region from the evening of June 9 to the morning of June 10, the water receded by 31 centimeters. Still, rains are expected in the region, which can slow the water-receding process.

For reference:

As Rubryka wrote, on the night of June 6, Russian invaders blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, located a few kilometers from the temporarily occupied city of Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region.

It should be noted that in the occupied city of Oleshky, the death of 9 people due to flooding was confirmed.


The correspondent of Rubryka reported that the Russians were shooting at people trying to evacuate in the flooded left-bank Kherson region.

Meanwhile, the water level exceeded the historical maximum in Mykolaiv and the region. In particular, the Kinburn Spit was cut off from the mainland due to the disaster.

President Zelensky called on international organizations to respond to the disaster and immediately join the rescue of people in the occupied part of the Kherson region.

Earlier, the head of "Ukrhydroenerho," Ihor Syrota, reported that ." This means it is currently impossible to draw water to the Zaporizhzhia NPP to cool the station.

It was reported that Ukraine and the UN agreed on a plan to evacuate the population from the occupied left bank of the Kherson region after the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP.

In the Odesa region, Ukrainian border guards record the consequences of the Russian ecocide due to the Russian army's detonation of the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant.



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