Russia has been draining water from the Kakhovsky Reservoir for the third day.
Earlier on the air of Russian propaganda channels, the Russian-appointed “head” of the occupation administration of the Novokakhov district of the Kherson region, Volodymyr Leontiev, said that water is being discharged from the Kakhov reservoir.
“The HPP continues to operate, although three units have failed. She has not stopped work for a single day since February 24. The discharge of water has been increased in the last week, so that in the event of a negative development, the amount of water flowing downstream would be less,” Leontieva is quoted as saying by the BBC.
The Ukrainian authorities have stated that the Russian army has mined the dam and may blow it up to prevent the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – and blame Kyiv for the consequences. Russia claims that the Ukrainian military is preparing to destroy the dam.
If the dam is destroyed, the water from the Kakhovsky Reservoir could flood a large area downstream of the Dnieper, including in Kherson and neighboring areas, the material says.
It will be recalled that US officials informed journalists that in the next six weeks, the Ukrainian military will have the opportunity to advance in the Donbass and take back Kherson.
According to analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russian troops in the Kherson region begin to remove equipment and machinery from the west bank of the Dnieper in anticipation of the upcoming offensive of the Ukrainian army. An operation is also being prepared to destroy the Kakhovskaya HPP dam, for which the Russian Federation intends to blame Ukraine.