Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted an update from the National Emergency Council on the destruction of the Kakouka dam, which he presided over in the morning, a little after noon (6:00 p.m. ET) on June 6.
In it, Zelensky said that Russian “terrorists” 토토사이트detonated a bomb inside the Kakouka hydroelectric plant at 2:50 a.m. (8:50 a.m. ET) in the middle of the night. Eighty villages were threatened with flooding, he added.
The Kakouka hydroelectric power plant, like the Kakouka dam, is located in the middle of the Dnieper River, but underwater, in Russian-held territory that occupies the city of Nova Kakouka on the left bank.
Russian-controlled villages on the left bank are also at risk of flooding. In its daily press conference following the Zelensky message, the Kremlin claimed that Ukraine sabotaged the dam to distract attention as its counter-offensive “faltered.”
Sabotage refers to the surprise destruction of facilities and areas by enemy agents or infiltrators. The claim that pro-Ukrainian militants sabotaged the Kakouka dam structure or power plant differs from the “destruction by Ukrainian artillery” claim made by senior Russian officials a few hours earlier.
[AP/News] In this video photo provided by the Ukrainian presidential office, part of the Kakouka dam collapsed on June 6, causing a rush of water to spill over.
The start of the Ukrainian counter-offensive was raised by the Russian Defense Ministry on the morning of Monday, May 5, when it claimed a “major failure” of the Ukrainian military’s offensive in southern Donetsk Oblast the previous day, a claim that Ukraine has not acknowledged. However, on May 5, the United States indicated that it believes the Ukrainian counter-offensive has begun.
On the morning of the 6th, Russia said it had repulsed a Ukrainian offensive on the 4th, killing 250 people, and on the morning of the 6th, Russia said it had repulsed another Ukrainian offensive, causing 1,500 casualties.