If Russia resorts to blowing up the dam at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, the consequences would be disastrous not just for Ukraine, but for the Russians themselves, a top Ukrainian official has warned.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, speaking on Ukrainian television’s Channel 24 on Oct. 19, said blowing up the dam would backfire on the Russians, as the water supply to Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea would be stopped.
The issue of the water supply to the occupied peninsula is critical to the Russian invaders, Danilov said.
The destruction of the Kakhovka HPP would lead to a disaster with a huge number of victims, he added.
“If they resort to such things, there might be no water supply (to Crimea) for the next few years...” Danilov said.
“Another thing is that they could destroy the units at the plant that produce electricity for our country. They can do this, and we have information about these things.”
U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) earlier reported that the Russian authorities are preparing the information space to justify the planned retreat of the Russians and significant territorial losses in Kherson Oblast.
The accusations against Ukraine by Russian General Sergey Surovikin, who now commands Russia’s invasion forces in Ukraine, in particular his lies that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were planning to flood Kherson, could be a preparation for a Russian attack on the Kakhovka HPP, which would be a “false flag operation,” Danilov said.