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🙋 62th Weekly protest

June 8, 2024 ⏱ 14:30
Embassy of Russia, 📍 Rua Visconde de Santarém 71, Lisboa

Ecocide and tens of thousands of victims due to the breakthrough of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, what happened and who is to blame.

On the night of June 6, 2023, the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station dam was destroyed.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine stated that about 16 thousand people were in the flood zone along the right bank of the Dnieper. The occupation administration of the Kherson region reported that about 22 thousand people were in the flooding zone on the left bank of the Dnieper.

Two-thirds of Ukraine's economy at that time was tied to the cascade of Dnieper reservoirs.

The head of the Shipping Administration of Ukraine, Yevgeny Ignatenko, said that “the Kakhovsky lock was the last Dnieper lock, releasing all ships towards the open sea.”

An Associated Press investigation found that Russian occupation authorities significantly undercounted the death toll. At the onset of the flooding, the Russian-appointed administration of Kherson advised residents not to worry. At the same time, according to local residents, the occupation authorities whip out.

In February 2024, the European Parliament passed legislation making large-scale and intentional environmental damage “comparable to ecocide” a crime.

Due to the destruction of hundreds of millions of living organisms, the destruction of the dam began to be considered as grounds for initiating a case under this article.

Ukrainian authorities claim that the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was carried out at about 3 a.m., probably by servicemen of the 205th motorized rifle brigade of the Russian armed forces. According to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russians carried out the main mining work immediately after capturing of the station.

On June 7, 2023, the Norwegian monitoring group NORSAR reported that on June 6, seismic tremors were recorded in the area of ​​the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric station. The time coincides with the beginning of the dam's destruction. The magnitude may indicate a TNT equivalent of up to one ton.

The Guardian reports that the SBU published a recording of a conversation where two men discuss the destruction of the dam, and stated that it took place between the occupiers.

“This is our sabotage group there. They wanted to scare people with this dam. Things didn't go according to plan. More than they planned,” says the voice on the recording.

On June 9, 2023, The New York Times reported, citing a Biden administration official, that American spy satellites recorded an explosion at the Kakhovka dam shortly before its collapse.

In the summer of 2023, employees of the Kamenskaya Sich National Nature Park sowed the bottom of the former reservoir with meadow grasses to prevent the soil from drying out and causing sandstorms.

Self-healing of ecosystems began a few weeks after the reservoir was released. Now there are willows and poplars taller than a man. The Great Meadow protected area has reappeared from under the water.

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