Kherson at risk of flooding as occupiers refuse repairs to a hydroelectric plant, says General Staff

26 May, 10:05 PM
Kherson Oblast road sign (Photo:wikimapia.org)

Kherson Oblast road sign (Photo:wikimapia.org)

The occupied southern city of Kherson is at risk of flooding due to the Russian occupiers refusing to allow needed repairs to be done to the nearby Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksiy Hromov, said during a briefing on May 26.

The occupied town of Nova Kakhovka, where the plant is located, has already been partially flooded, as damage to the plant’s hydraulic units has not been addressed.

Hromov said that the invaders are not making any efforts to keep the captured facilities safe, which may lead to an environmental catastrophe.

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"Currently, large volumes of water are being dumped at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, which was seized by the occupiers. Two hydraulic units are not working, which the occupiers are not allowing to be repaired," Hromov stated, adding that Nova Kakhovka’s waterfront and a nearby park are both completely flooded.

He noted that the Russian activity has already led to partial flooding of the city of Nova Kakhovka, its waterfront, and a local park.

“The surrounding villages and the occupied city of Kherson are under threat," Hromov warned.

Kherson was captured on March 2, and has remained under Russian occupation since then.

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