Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in this September 2022 file photo.Ukrainian President/Representative Anadolu/Getty Images.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the attack on Russia’s energy infrastructure was aimed at creating a new wave of refugees. Ukraine faces attacks and blackouts Russia’s war continues
Zelensky speaks to the Council of Europe in a video after failing to use its energy resources as a weapon against Europe. “The current Russian leader has ordered the transformation of the energy system into a battlefield. The consequences are very dangerous. Again for all of us in Europe.”
“Russian cruise missile attacks and Iranian attack drones have destroyed more than a third of our energy infrastructure,” he said. “Therefore, we can no longer export electricity to help stabilize it.”
day of destruction Russia attacks energy infrastructure This caused the country to lose at least 40 percent of its electricity capacity. Ukrainian officials warned earlier this week that both an emergency and a scheduled blackout would follow.
Zelensky added: “Russia is also stimulating a new wave of Ukrainians migration to EU countries. Russia’s fear of our power plants aims to create as many problems for electricity and heat in Ukraine as possible this fall and winter and keep Ukrainians out of your country the most.”
Major dams that can be excavated:
Zelensky also claimed that Russia was creating a site for a large disaster in southern Ukraine. The Russian forces are drilling a major dam on the Dnipro River in the south of the Kherson region, as well as an adjacent hydroelectric plant.
“We have information that Russian terrorists have dug dams and units. of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Plant,” Zelensky told the Council of Europe during the video.
“This hydroelectric dam holds about 18 million cubic meters of water.
“If Russian terrorists blow up this dam, more than 80 settlements, including Kherson, will be in the flash flood zone Hundreds of thousands of people may suffer. Water supply to most parts of southern Ukraine could be destroyed.
A terrorist attack in Russia could have caused the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to run out of cooling water – water for the ZNPP was taken from the Kakhovka reservoir.
CNN has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry to respond to the allegations.
Dams and hydroelectric power plants have dramatically reduced their production capacity. The area was occupied by the Russian army in March.
Ukrainian forces have been about 40 kilometers (more than 24 miles) north of the dam in the past four months. They have launched several attacks on the bridge as part of the dam to prevent Russian troops from deploying it.
In addition, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said on Twitter on Thursday that Russia plans to mine dams and transformers.
This forced Ukrainian civilians out of Kherson and flooded areas to stop Ukrainian retaliation in the region. The land to the south and east of the river is lowland.
“Russia is preparing a man-made disaster,” Podolyak said.
What the pro Moscow officials are saying: Vladimir Leontiyev, head of the Russian-appointed Nova Kakovka Territory told the Russian state news agency TASS that There is no reason for Russia to destroy the power plant’s dams.
“Now what will Russia destroy it for? even from a formal point of view This is nonsense. This is absolutely nonsense, ”said Leontiev.
“First of all, you have to think about who will benefit from it: Ukraine will benefit the dam destruction. hydroelectric power plant hinder the transport sow fear and panic stop the possibility of supplying water through North Crimean Canal to the territory of the Crimea,” he said, according to TASS.