The actions of the invaders at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station can lead to an environmental disaster

May 27, 2022

The press service of the operational command South stated that at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, where the command post of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation is deployed, the occupiers are not making any efforts to maintain the proper regime of the facility, which could lead to an environmental disaster.

Moreover, two hydroelectric units do not work at the station, which the occupants do not allow to be repaired. And this has already led to the flooding of Kakhovka, the same threatens the nearest villages.

Director of the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykhailo Yatsiuk, in an interview with the Crimea.Realities media agency, said that the Russian occupation forces that control the Kakhovka HPS may deliberately interfere with the work of the station in order to cause as much damage as possible to Ukraine.

“In my opinion, this is all controllable and two models are being worked out. One model is military, when an artificial hydrodynamic accident is simulated, an emergency discharge from the Kakhovka reservoir, as a result of which Kherson and other settlements below the Kakhovskahydroelectric power station are flooded and flooded. In order to prevent the formation of pontoon crossings if there are military operations there”,- Yatsiuk suggested.

“Another situation is when significant volumes of water will be released from the Kakhovka reservoir so that Ukraine will not be able to use it during the retreat, because there are many tethered facilities”,- the scientist said.

According to Yatsiuk, irrigation systems, nuclear power facilities, and drinking water supply depend on the Kakhovka HPS. He also argues that the release of large volumes of water from hydroelectric power plants can be regarded as hydrodynamic accidents that will have economic consequences