Kyiv says it has proof Russia blew up Kakhovka dam


Ukraine continues to deal with the fallout of the destruction of its Kakhovka dam and hydroelectric power station, which burst open in the early hours of June 6 and has caused massive flooding and destruction in the southern Kherson region.

Ukraine’s domestic security service said on Friday that it had intercepted a telephone call proving a Russian “sabotage group” blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric station and dam in southern Ukraine.

With the leaked audio not fully verified to be true, the dam is said to have been in Russian-occupied territory since shortly after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.

Meanwhile, fighting is escalating in Ukraine’s east as the country’s long-awaited counteroffensive gets underway. Russia’s military reported heavy fighting in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia, describing drone, infantry and artillery battles.

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