The destruction of the Kakhovka HPP by Russians - what is known as of June 8th
On June 6, Russian occupying forces detonated the Kakhovka HPP. As a result of this act of war, water began to rapidly arrive, threatening to flood cities and villages along the Dnipro River.
Here is digest by The Gaze.
The head of the Kherson Regional State Administration, Oleksandr Prokudin, reported that as of the morning, the average flooding level stands at 5.61 meters. Unfortunately, 600 square kilometers of the Kherson region are submerged. Of these, 32% are on the right bank and 68% on the left bank.
Volodymyr Zelensky explained how the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP will affect the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "The Russian side understands that they are losing this battle, and it's only a matter of time. That is why they are taking such steps to slow down our de-occupation process," commented the President on the detonation of the Kakhovka dam.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the spokesperson for the responsible party for the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP, is Russia itself.
Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen stated that his country has no doubt that Russia detonated the Kakhovka HPP and added that Kremlin propaganda will not convince the world of its innocence.
"Ukrhydroenergo" reported that the water level in the Nikopol area reservoir stands at 13.05 meters, and the water level in the Kakhovka reservoir has decreased by nearly one meter in a day. The destruction of the spillway dam and the earth embankment between the power station building and the lock is ongoing.
"Ukrhydroproject" explained why the Russian version of the dam being destroyed by an external strike is a lie: The Kakhovka HPP was designed and built to withstand a nuclear strike from the outside. Most likely, the dam itself and the building of the HPP, where the hydroelectric units are installed, were mined from the inside. The fact that the HPP building was destroyed indicates that the Russians wanted to destroy the entire HPP as an energy facility. It is possible to rebuild the HPP. This issue will be addressed after the de-occupation of the territories.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian 7th Airborne Assault Division and the 22nd Army Corps have both injured and killed personnel, as well as missing soldiers. Several field depots with ammunition and provisions, as well as vehicles and armored vehicles, were lost.
Russian occupiers flooded their first line of defense in Hola Prystan and Oleshky with the destruction of the HPP. They were intended to be used to halt the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine - ISW.
In some settlements, the water level reaches 7 meters. However, in Nova Kakhovka and its vicinity, a decrease in the water level is observed. Nevertheless, houses continue to be flooded.
The water level in the Kakhovka reservoir continues to fall. Work is underway at the Zaporizhia NPP to maximize the supply of cooling water to the reserve. This was emphasized by Rafael Grossi, the Director-General of the IAEA. The water level in the reservoir has decreased by about 2.8 meters after the explosion. It has reached a mark of 14.3 meters. Once the level reaches 12.7 meters, water cannot be pumped to the site.
Navigation on the Dnipro River below the DniproHPP is suspended indefinitely, according to Yevhen Ignatenko, the head of the State Maritime Administration.
The water level near the Dniprohes Lock is 15.7 meters, while the maximum permissible minimum is 14.5 meters. Such a rapid decrease in the water level can lead to the death of aquatic resources and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem.
Due to the destruction of the dam of the hydroelectric power plant, 850 kilograms of aquatic resources have already died, according to the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Serhiy Lysak.
The CEO of Ukrhydroenergo, Ihor Syrota, responded to the calls from Russia to destroy the Kyiv HPP. According to him, it is impossible to destroy the dam with a missile strike. Additionally, the object is protected from both outside and inside.
He also mentioned that the water level at the Kakhovka HPP is dropping to a critical level, reaching 14.3 meters. Once it drops to 12.7 meters, water cannot be pumped to the site.
In Zaporizhia, the water of the Dnipro River has receded from the shore by 30-40 meters.
Approximately 2,200 people have been evacuated from settlements in the Kherson region.