Kyiv on Tuesday accused Russia of hitting the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant located in the currently occupied Kherson region of Ukraine, with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy calling emergency meetings of security and defence councils over the incident.
The Kherson District Military Administration claimed early on Tuesday Russian troops blew up the hydroelectric dam near the town of Kakhovka, prompting the district police and emergency services to evacuate citizens from settlements located on the right bank of the Dnieper River in a potential flood zone. This zone includes 10 villages and a part of the city of Kherson.
The city of Kakhovka in Kherson District is located on the left bank of the Dnieper River, which is currently occupied by Russia. The right bank of the Dnieper, including the city of Kherson, is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities.
The Kremlin-controlled agency Tass cited the representative of the de facto administration of the occupied part of Kherson, that one pillar of the dam collapsed due to damage and the area began to flood.
According to the agency's source, the night was calm and there was no attack.
The incident comes ahead of Kyiv's counter-offensive against Russia in the ongoing conflict, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.