Zelensky accused Russia of sabotage and said that “the world must react” after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam

Zelensky held an emergency meeting with his cabinet after the blowing up of the Kajovka dam (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS) (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/)

Ukrainian President, Volodimir Zelenskysaid Tuesday that “the world must react” to the attack on the Kakhovka dam, blaming Russia for the rupture that has caused extensive flooding.

“The world must react,” he said on Twitter. As he pointed out, Russia carried out “an internal explosion of the structures” of the plant at 2:50 local time (2350 GMT).

“Russia has controlled the dam and the entire Kakhovka nuclear power plant for more than a year. It is physically impossible to blow it up somehow from the outside, by bombing. She was mined by the Russian occupiers. and they blew it up“, held.

“Russia has detonated a bomb of massive environmental destruction. It is the biggest man-made environmental disaster in Europe in decades. He is the most dangerous terrorist in the world. And that is why the defeat of Russia – a defeat that we will ensure anyway – will be the most significant contribution to the security of our region, of our Europe and of the whole world, ”he wrote.

An image of the Nova Kakhovka dam, damaged during the Russian invasion of Ukraine (via Reuters)
An image of the Nova Kajovka dam, damaged during the Russian invasion of Ukraine (via Reuters) (ENERGOATOM STATE COMPANY /)

In addition, he asked that there is no more weakness in Europe, in a new claim to receive more military support. “Every step, decision and summit of ours must strengthen us all in our defense against Russian terror. Surely the Vilnius NATO summit must guarantee it,” he urged.

For its part, the Kremlin on Tuesday attributed the partial destruction of the hydroelectric dam to “deliberate sabotage” by kyiv. “This is undoubtedly an act of deliberate sabotage by the Ukrainian side, which was planned and executed by order of Kiev,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The spokesman “firmly” rejected the accusations of the Ukrainian authorities, who blamed Moscow. “All the responsibility lies with the Kiev regime,” Peskov insisted, stating that one of the objectives of what happened is to “deprive Crimea of ​​water,” the southern Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

Built in the 1950s during Soviet times, the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam allows water to be sent to the North Crimean Canal, which starts in southern Ukraine and runs through the entire Crimean peninsula.

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