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Ukraine, Kherson, the Nova Kakhovka dam. Ukrainian army: Russians blew up the dam

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The Russians blew up a dam in Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region, the Ukrainian command of the “South” forces informed.

The statement said that “the extent of the damage, the speed at which the water moves, its volume and the area at risk of flooding are currently being determined.”

The dam of the Hydroelectric Power Plant in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson Oblast, was commissioned in 1956, is 30 meters high and 3,273 meters long. It is one of the most important Ukrainian dams on the Dnieper and the last one from the mouth of the river to the Black Sea, i.e. located in the place where the river carries the most water.

The dam in Nowa KachówkaShutterstock

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The reservoir created thanks to the dam supplies a hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 357 MW – almost twice as much as the Polish hydroelectric power plant in Solina.

The dam in Nowa Kachówka also serves as a bridge – the national road P47 and a railway line run along its top.

Volodymyr Zelensky in October last year, it warned that there were 18 million cubic liters of water in the reservoir supplying the power plant in Nowa Kachówka. Blowing up the dam would lead to “immense and immediate” flooding, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Zelensky noted that more than 80 towns would be under water, including a large part of Kherson, which had almost 300,000 inhabitants before the war.

Main photo source: tvn24.pl

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