Ukraine news BREAKING NEWS: Evil Putin ‘plans to blow up major dam’ and create ‘historic disaster’ after telling citizens to flee
Ukraine warns Russia of wanting to destroy a hydroelectric dam
Kyiv has accused Russia of planning the destruction of a hydroelectric dam in the southern region of Kherson, where Ukrainian soldiers are steadily advancing and Moscow-based authorities have begun evacuations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian forces had mined the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station with the intention of blowing it up, which would amount to a “full-scale disaster”.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the lower Dnipro would be at risk of rapid flooding if the dam was destroyed, Zelensky warned in a speech to European leaders on Thursday.
He said cutting off water supplies to the south could also impact cooling systems at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest.
And the North Crimean Canal, which provides a crucial water supply to Crimea – occupied since 2014 by Russia – could be destroyed.
Russia’s goal is to stop the Ukrainian advance in the region and protect Russian troops, according to Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak.
Ukrainian cities began cutting electricity use ahead of winter on Thursday as authorities warned that heavy damage to the country’s energy grid from Russian attacks would trigger a new wave of refugees from the country.
“The Russian leadership has given the order to turn the energy system itself into a battlefield. The consequences of this are very dangerous, again for all of us in Europe,” Zelensky said in an address to the Council of Europe. EU.