The Kakhovka Reservoir, formed by the Kakhovka Dam, stretches for 240 kilometers. According to Ukrainian authorities, it supplies water and irrigation to southern Ukraine, including Crimea.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just published a status report on the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine. The destruction "left at least 37 towns and villages partially flooded, which will likely have serious consequences for hundreds of thousands of people in southern Ukraine" according to experts.
The Ukrainian and Russian governments mutually accuse each other of this destruction according to Agence France Presse, which explains that this dam "is on the road of the Ukrainian troops towards a reconquest of the occupied territories" and that it was a "priority target of the Russians", "taken at the beginning of the invasion".
The Kakhovka dam, which Kiev and Moscow accuse each other of attacking, is a key structure in southern Ukraine that supplies water to annexed Crimea and is on the route of Ukrainian troops to reconquer the occupied territories. #AFP 1/3 pic.twitter.com/Di1vyqpSvm- Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) June 6, 2023
While the Ukrainian authorities have already announced the evacuation of 16 people from these areas, there is also concern about the potential movement of mines and explosive devices to areas previously assessed as safe, which would lead to the endangering thousands more people.
The Kakhovka Reservoir, formed by the Kakhovka Dam, stretches for 240 kilometers.
According to Ukrainian authorities, it supplies water and irrigation to southern Ukraine, including Crimea. In addition, agricultural losses in flooded areas will have long-term consequences.