Dead cows are washing ashore on the Bulgarian coast after the explosion of Kakhovka HPP
The carcass of a dead cow was found on the Black Sea coast near the town of Chernomorets in Bulgaria.
This was reported by Nova.bg.
Prior to this, dead animals were discovered on June 6 in the municipality of Tsarevo and a few days later in the Chernomorets area.
The publication notes that it is unclear whether the animals died in the incident at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station (HES) in Ukraine. However, the regional office of the Food Safety Administration clarified that all the dead cows found did not have ear tags, which are required for livestock raised in the EU.
It should be noted that the first animal could not have come from Kherson Oblast to the shores of Bulgaria, as it was found on the beach on the day of the Kakhovka HES explosion. However, in the case of the other two incidents, it is "potentially possible."
Mayor Rosen Despotov of Chernomorets believes that the animals died as a result of an incident involving a ship transporting livestock.
"I cannot say where these dead animals came from. This is the first time I've heard this story about Ukraine. In my opinion, the most logical explanation is that they ended up in the sea from a ship
Currently, there is no panic or tension among residents of the affected areas or holidaymakers. Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Maritime Administration emphasized that there is no information about any accidents involving vessels carrying containers with live animals.
"The beach will be disinfected, and hopefully, this will be the last animal that washes up on our shores," explained Zornitsa Dimitrova from the Ecology Department of the Municipality of Sozopol.
As reported by The Gaze, on June 6, Russian forces detonated the Kakhovka HPP. Officially, the explosion claimed the lives of 10 people, while over 40 people, including children, are considered missing.
Eighty populated areas were flooded in the affected area. This act of aggression became one of the largest man-made disasters in Europe in recent decades, and its consequences will be felt for many years.
Andriy Yermak, the head of the President's Office, stated that many endangered species may disappear forever. Additionally, well-known Kherson watermelons and tomatoes will disappear for years. This year's harvest cannot be collected.
Furthermore, the terrorist attack on the HPP could significantly worsen the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is currently occupied by Russians. Chairman of Energoatom, Petro Kotin, emphasized that as a result of the Kakhovka HES explosion caused by the occupiers, additional problems have arisen for the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant since the primary coolant source is no longer available.
In Zaporizhzhia, the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP partially destroyed the ecosystems of the national natural park "Velykyi Luh" in Vasylivka district and the floodplains of Khortytsia Island. Three more communities in the Zaporizhzhia region are at risk.
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, about 10,000 hectares of land have been flooded on the right bank of Kherson Oblast, which means that 100,000 tons of grain crops will be affected.
Denys Marchuk, Deputy Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council, stated that significant losses are also being incurred in the left-bank part of Kherson Oblast and a part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Without water, it is impossible to grow grains, oil crops, and vegetables.