Ukraine to compensate farmers for crops lost due to Kakhovka dam destruction

4 August, 09:00 PM
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal / Facebook)

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Denys Shmyhal / Facebook)

After Russia blew up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Plant dam in June, the resulting flooding wiped out vast quantities of crops in southern Ukraine. Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal announced on Aug. 4 that farmers will be eligible for compensation from the government.

Farmers will be able to get UAH 3,300 ($90) per hectare of farmable land flooded, up to UAH 100,000 ($2,700).

The cabinet is allocating UAH 271 million ($7.3 million) to the corresponding fund and transferring it to Kherson and Mykolayiv regional administrations.

On June 6, Russian forces blew up the Kakhovka HEP, which they had controlled for over a year. Cities and villages downstream on the Dnipro River were completely or partially flooded, and more than 75 people died.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the dam’s destruction the largest man-made environmental disaster in Europe in decades.

The European Parliament strongly condemned the act, calling it a Russian war crime.

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