Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian forces of placing explosives on the dam at the Kakhovka Power Plant near Kherson.
Zelensky’s statement reproduced by Ukrainian News Agency Interfax.
The dam in this hydroelectric station holds about 18 million cubic meters of water. On Thursday, Zelensky said that if Russian terrorists blew up the dam, more than 80 towns and cities, including Kherson, would be flooded.
On Wednesday, the Russian authorities implemented a mass evacuation plan for up to 60 thousand people from the city of Kherson over the next few days. In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have advanced towards the city, and fierce fighting has broken out in the area.
The water supply to a large part of southern Ukraine may be destroyed. Such a Russian terrorist attack could mean the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant could be left without water for cooling — water usually taken from the reservoir in the dam, he says, and warns of a “historic catastrophe.”
Zelensky calls for the deployment of an international monitoring force at the dam.
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