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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the Russian terrorist act at the Kakhovka HPP
06 June 2023 12:46

On the night of June 6, the Russian Federation blew up the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (KHPP), which is located near the town of Nova Kakhovka in the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region.

Dozens of settlements on both sides of the Dnipro River are at risk of flooding.

Units of the National Police and the State Emergency Service of the Kherson region are taking urgent measures to evacuate the civilian population from potential flooding zones.  Residents of the temporarily occupied left bank of the Kherson Region are being alerted.

We consider the Russian Federation's detonation of the dam of the KHPP as a terrorist act against Ukrainian critical infrastructure, which aims to cause as many civilian casualties and destruction as possible. The terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP was previously intensely discussed at the level of the occupation forces in the Kherson region and propagandists on Russian television, which indicates that it was planned in advance.

The explosion of the dam of the Kakhovka HPP is an ecological and technological act of terrorism, the biggest technological disaster in Europe in recent decades, yet another example of Russia's genocide against Ukrainians.  This is the Kremlin's response to countries calling for peace talks with the Russian Federation.

Due to the decrease in the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir, there is also a danger of an incident at another critical infrastructure facility occupied by Russia - the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

We call on the international community to resolutely condemn the Russian terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP.

The technological crime of the Russian Federation confirms the high relevance of the Peace Formula of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. We call on international partners to join its implementation as soon as possible, in particular the points on countering ecocide, nuclear and energy security.

Russia will have to compensate for all the consequences of its crime: for people, infrastructure and the environment.

We also appeal to the countries of the Group of Seven and the EU to urgently consider the imposition of new far-reaching sanctions on the Russian Federation, in particular related to the Russian missile industry and the nuclear sector.

Following the meeting of the NSDC in the morning of June 6, the list of actions of the MFA of Ukraine in the context of response, proposed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, was approved. In particular, it includes the convening by Ukraine of an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council and bringing the issue of the Russian terrorist attack to the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, as well as the engagement of the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union.

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