Southern Ukraine's Kakhovka dam blows, causing a flood
Southern Ukraine's Kakhovka dam blows, causing a flood

Moscow: Both Ukrainian and Russian forces claim that on Tuesday, a sizable Soviet-era dam in the region of southern Ukraine that is under Russian control blew, sending a flood of water across the conflict area.

Both sides assigned blame for the dam's destruction to the other.

The Kakhovka dam was the scene of a series of powerful explosions as seen in unreliable social media videos. In other videos, water was seen rushing through the dam's remnants while onlookers expressed their shock by using foul language at times.

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 The Dnipro river dam, which is 30 metres (yards) tall and 3.2 kilometres (miles) long, was constructed as a component of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in 1956.

It houses an 18 km3 reservoir that provides water to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which is also under Russian control, as well as the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.

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According to the Ukrainian military, Russian forces destroyed the dam.

The Russian occupying forces "blew up the Kakhovka (dam)," the South Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces stated on its Facebook page on Tuesday.


Clarification is being made regarding the extent of the destruction, the speed and volume of the water, and the likely areas of inundation.

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While a Russian-installed official claimed it was a terrorist attack, which is Russian slang for an attack by Ukraine, Russian news agencies claimed the dam, which was under Russian control, had been destroyed in shelling.

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