The Russian invaders have mined the Kakhovska HPP and are preparing to carry out a terrorist attack. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said this in his address to the European Council.
According to him, in order to prevent a terrorist attack, an international observation mission should be sent to the facility.
"Russia is deliberately creating the grounds for a large-scale disaster in the south of Ukraine. We have information that Russian terrorists have mined the dam and units of the Kakhovska hydroelectric power plant," Zelenskyy said.
At the same time, he emphasized that the Kakhovska HPP is one of the major energy facilities, and in the event of its dam being blown up, more than 80 settlements, including Kherson, will be flooded, resulting in hundreds of thousands of casualties.
However, one of the biggest threats in such a case, according to Zelenskyy, will be to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which may run out of water for cooling (water for the ZNPP is taken from the Kakhovsky Reservoir).
Furthermore, if this happens, Crimea, which is occupied by Russia, will also be left without water, since it also receives water from there.
"According to our information, Russia has already prepared everything to carry out this terrorist attack. Ukrainian workers have been thrown out of the Kakhovska Power Plant — only Russian citizens are there. They have complete control over the plant. We have to act immediately so that Russia does not have the opportunity to inflict this disaster. An international observation mission to the Kakhovska HPP is needed. It is necessary to return the Ukrainian personnel there and ensure immediate and professional demining of the units and the dam," Zelenskyy emphasized.
Context. The Ukrainian state company Ukrhydroenergo, which owns ten hydroelectric power plants on the Dnipro and Dniester rivers, filed a lawsuit against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights. The company is demanding compensation for the losses it suffered as a result of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.