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Google has responded to the detonation of the Kahovska HPP

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Collage: The Gaze
Collage: The Gaze

After the terrorist attack by Russian occupiers on the Kahovska Hydroelectric Power Station, warnings of dam destruction began to appear on Google Maps. 

This information can be seen in the Google Maps application.

The markings appeared with the signs "Kahovska HPP Dam Destroyed." 

When clicked, they display instructions from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine regarding evacuation and information from the Kherson Regional State Administration about evacuation, including hotline phone numbers.


Also, a satellite photo from Planet Labs was publicly released for June 6, showing the destruction of the hydroelectric power station. Compared to the image from June 4, it is evident that almost the entire structure of the power station has been destroyed.

Source: Planet Labs

It was previously reported by The Gaze, that In the early hours of June 6, the Russians detonated the Kahovska HPP dam

According to "Ukrhydroenergo," the dam was completely destroyed due to the explosion and is not subject to restoration. Uncontrolled water discharge from the Kahovska Reservoir has begun.

The dam is located upstream from Kherson, near the mouth of the North Crimean Canal. Its destruction will affect the water supply to Crimea.

The detonation of the Kakhovka HPS could have negative consequences for the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, currently occupied by Russian forces. The situation is currently under control, according to Energoatom's Telegram post.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, stated that the destruction of the Kahovska HPP dam has led to a significant decrease in the water level in the cooling reservoir at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has announced that Ukraine will initiate a meeting of the UN Security Council regarding the destruction of the Kahovska HPP dam.

The Russian authorities deny accusations of the dam's sabotage, placing full responsibility on the Ukrainian government. The Kremlin refers to the destruction of the Kahovska HPP as a deliberate sabotage by Kyiv, supposedly linked to the lack of success in the counteroffensive, which is "stalling."

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has labelled Russia's detonation of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station as a horrific war crime and, possibly, the most significant technogenic disaster in Europe over the past decade. 

According to a UN report, human-induced environmental catastrophes have escalated in scale and consequences over the last ten years.

It is worth noting that a week before the explosion at the Kahovska HPP, the Russian authorities allowed accidents at hazardous facilities not to be investigated. According to the document, as of May 31, no accidents caused by "military operations" and terrorist attacks, including in the occupied territories, will be investigated until January 1, 2028.




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