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Graphic shows situation at the Nova Khakovka Dam.


فيضانات جراء تفجير سد نوفا كاخوفكا في أوكرانيا

By Duncan Mil

June 6, 2023 - تفجير استهدف سد نوفا كاخوفكا الذي يمتد على نهر دنيبرو في جنوب أوكرانيا يوم الثلاثاء، أدى إلى إغراق مساحات شاسعة من الأراضي ووهو الآن يشكل تهديداً لإمدادات المياه الحيوية لمحطة الطاقة النووية.

In a statement, Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command said, “Russian occupation troops blew up the dam” at Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region. “The scale of destruction, speed and amount of water, and likely areas of flooding are being determined.”

Blaming “Russian terrorists” for the attack, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Twitter that “the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam only confirms for the whole world that they must be expelled from every corner of Ukrainian land.”

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant uses water from the Kakhovka reservoir to cool its nuclear reactors. Energoatom, Ukraine’s nuclear power operator, said water levels were dropping. Still, the plant’s cooling pond level stood at 16.6 metres -- “sufficient for the power plant’s needs.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed its “experts at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant are closely monitoring the situation.” But the agency assured that there is “no immediate nuclear safety risk at the plant.”

Ukraine and Russia have routinely accused each other of shelling the dam, the hydroelectric station and the nuclear power plant.

PUBLISHED: 06/06/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: European Union/Copernicus Sentinel-2