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Kuleba: EU to help Ukraine ease consequences of Kakhovka dam destruction

by Dinara Khalilova June 6, 2023 8:12 PM 1 min read
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba is talking to media as he arrives to the Europa, the EU Council headquarter on May 16, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. (Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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The European Union is ready to aid Ukraine in mitigating the consequences of the Kakhovka dam's destruction, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after a phone call with EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell.

Kuleba didn't provide any further details on the EU's promised assistance.

Earlier the same day, the minister called Russia's destruction of Kherson Oblast's dam a "heinous war crime" and "probably Europe's largest technological disaster in decades."

Kuleba also criticized international media for echoing Russian narratives about the Kakhovka dam explosion, saying it "puts facts and propaganda on equal footing."

Russian troops destroyed the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant's dam on the Dnipro River on the morning of June 6, sparking a large-scale humanitarian and environmental disaster across southern Ukraine.

Several world leaders and international organizations condemned Russia's move, calling it a war crime.

Around 16,000 people's homes and 80 settlements in Kherson Oblast are reportedly located in "critical risk" zones for flooding.

Evacuation from the affected settlements is ongoing, with 1339 residents having already been rescued as of 4:00 p.m., as reported by Ukraine's Interior Ministry.

What are the consequences of the Kakhovka dam’s demolition?
The destruction of the Kakhovka dam can lead to serious humanitarian, ecological, economic, military, and legal consequences. The demolition was carried out by Russian forces in southern Ukraine in the early hours of June 6. And it’s among the most dramatic violations of the Geneva Conventions in…
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