Russia Destroys Dam in Evident Effort to Flood Ukrainian Towns and Scramble Plans for Counteroffensive
A major dam and power station in a Russian-occupied part of Ukraine were destroyed Tuesday, casting uncertainty over Ukraine’s planned counteroffensive in the south of the country.
Both sides accused each other of being responsible for an incident that caused serious flooding, put thousands of homes at risk and potentially threatened the safety of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
The destruction of the dam could win Russia time to reconfigure its defenses while at the same time depriving Ukraine of some options for its expected counteroffensive. Crossing the vast Dnipro river along that stretch of the front will now become impossible, said Nico Lange, a former German Defense Ministry official.
Russia could now redeploy resources from the southwest to reinforce other sections of the front, said Lange, now a fellow with the Munich Security Conference, a global security forum.
Russia’s destruction of the dam also poses potential issues, none immediate, for the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia. Russia has been working overtime looking for ways to sabotage that plant and blame Ukraine, as the newsletter The Counteroffensive reports:
Selyverstov remembers one incident he calls, the “silliest, biggest performance” that the Russians ever did, ahead of a delegation visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency. He claims he saw Russians walking around with the wreckage of a missile, trying to find a good place to plant it. And when they did plant it, he said, they accidentally placed it in such a way that it suggested it came from territory that Russians controlled.
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