Zelenskyy warns Russia against blowing up Kakhovka dam

10 November 2022, 01:39 AM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Any attempt to blow up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station dam and flood Ukrainian lands in Kherson Oblast would leave the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant without water to cool its reactors, placing the world under the threat of a nuclear disaster, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening address on Nov. 9.

“Think what that might do to you then,” Zelenskyy said.

The president added that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are gradually advancing and strengthening their positions in the south, without providing further details, saying that “he will not feed the enemy with all the details of our operations.”

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“Nobody just leaves like this,” Zelenskyy said, commenting on Russia withdrawing its troops from the western part of Kherson Oblast.

“The enemy doesn’t give us gifts, and doesn't make ‘gestures of goodwill.’ We win all of it back by fighting. And with every step we make, we always meet the enemy’s resistance, and we always pay with the lives of our heroes."

According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian forces have rigged the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station with explosives back in April. Ukraine calls on the UN and EU to send an international monitoring mission to Kakhovka HPP as soon as possible.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South said that Russians would likely blow up the Kakhovka dam “as a measure of last resort,” should their defenses in Kherson Oblast collapse.

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