PHOTO Satellite images. New damage to Nova Kahovka dam near Kherson after Russian withdrawal

Significant new damage to the major Nova Kahovka dam in southern Ukraine can be seen after Russia withdrew from the nearby city of Kherson, satellite imagery company Maxar said on Friday, Reuters reported.

Damage to the Nova Kahovka dam – Maxar satellite imagePhoto: Handout / AFP / Profimedia

Maxar said footage taken on Friday showed several bridges crossing the Dnieper had also been damaged. Ukrainian troops were greeted by cheering residents in central Kherson after Russia abandoned the city.

“Satellite images this morning… reveal significant new damage to several bridges and the Nova Kahovka dam following Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson across the Dnieper,” Maxar said in a statement. communicated.

He said sections of the north side of the dam and lock gates had been “deliberately destroyed”.

Satellite images released by Maxar show damage to the Nova Kahovja dam / PHOTO Handout / AFP / Profimedia

Earlier this week, Russia accused Ukraine of bombing the dam.

Both sides have repeatedly accused each other of planning to breach the dam with explosives, which would flood much of the area downstream and likely cause major destruction around Kherson.

Kherson was the only regional capital captured by Russia since its forces invaded Ukraine in late February.

More than 30,000 Russian troops have withdrawn from the eastern bank of the Dnieper, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement carried by the Interfax news agency.

“All personnel, weapons and military equipment of the group have been withdrawn to the left bank [estic]. In total, more than 30,000 Russian troops, about 5,000 weapons and military equipment, as well as material assets were withdrawn,” the statement said.

On October 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the European Council meeting that he had information that Russia was preparing a false flag attack by exploiting the Nova Kakhovka dam, referring to a possible “catastrophe of proportions historical”.

According to Zelenski, the dam contains about 18 million cubic meters of water, and if it burst, 80 settlements, including Kherson, would quickly be flooded:

  • “Hundreds of thousands of people could be affected. The water supply of a large part of the south of the country could be destroyed. The nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia could run out of water for the cooling systems. Even the operation of the canal which feeds the Crimea, which the Russians I say I take care of, it will be compromised.”

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