Lives of many claimed, Ukraine dam destruction, a consequence of Russian Invasion
According to NDTV, a breach in a large Russian-held dam in southern Ukraine caused a torrent of water to erupt, flooding a small city, about 24 villages, and leading to the evacuation of over 17K people.
The partial demolition of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine, according to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday, was a terrible result of Russia‘s invasion of its neighbour. Attack on the Russian-held dam in southern Ukraine unleashed a torrent of water that cause major damage due to flooding in a small city and claimed the lives of many while evacuating others from their native place.
According to Guterres’ formal statement, which he gave reporters at the UN offices in New York, this tragedy is yet another tragic cost of the war on humanity. For over a year, the floodgates of suffering have been overflowing and it needs to be stopped immediately, he reported. While Kyiv and Moscow traded blame for ripping a gaping hole in the dam, Kyiv said that it was an attempt by Russia to hamper Ukraine’s long-awaited offensive. To this, Guterres said that the UN has to watch that no access to independent information on the circumstances that have led to this destruction must be out and made public without proper verification. The damage at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam is immense and it must be handled with priority.
Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion, Guterres has condemned Moscow for violating the UN charter and commented that the attacks against the civilians and on the civilian infrastructure must stop at once. He continued by saying that everyone has seen the awful photos of the massive humanitarian, economic, and ecological catastrophe in the Ukrainian province of Kherson.
There has been a recent bond of coordination between the United Nations and humanitarian partners with the government of Ukraine, including water purification tablets and drinking water along with other critical assistance, Guterres said. Based on the recent dam blast incident, the secretary general said at a Security Council meeting that humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths has said that the destruction of the dam was a “massive blow” to the region’s ability to produce food, and it also posed a serious risk of mines and explosives being transported by water to previously deemed safe locations. This destruction is going to have grave and far consequences for numerous inhabitants in southern Ukraine on both sides of the front line through the loss of food, home, livelihood and safe drinking water. The Russian Ambassador said to the UN Vasily Nebenzya that the dam blast was caused by deliberate sabotage undertaken by Kyiv.
Nebenzya also said that it is due to the criminal Kyiv regime and the Western patrons obstinately pumping it full of weapons who bear full responsibility for unfolding the tragedy. Ukraine’s envoy Sergiy Kyslytsya said that Moscow was blaming the victim for their crimes and that the explosion of the dam is an act of ecological and technological terrorism. In order to discuss the incident urgently, President Zelensky has called a meeting of Ukraine’s national security and defense council. Ukraine authorities confirmed that the water could reach critical levels in the next 5 hours, as per the statement of regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin on his Telegram channel. There is a potential of flooding in ten settlements on the western bank of the Dnipro, and residents have been warned to leave.
There have been universal videos on media showing o water surging through the remains of the Nova Kakhovka Dam with bystanders expressing their shock in strong language.