Leonkov, the editor of Arsenal Otechestva, a Russian military affairs magazine, told Sputnik that the Kakhovka Dam attack aligns with the West’s ‘scorched earth’ scenario for Ukraine.
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A major catastrophe was unleashed along the southern banks of the Dnepr River Tuesday, with thousands of residents displaced after the Kakhovka hydroplant’s dam was destroyed and water gushed inland, flooding local settlements, forests, and farms. Sputnik asked two top Russian military analysts to answer a simple question: who benefits?
The fallout from Tuesday’s attack on the Kakhovka dam continues to mount, with the Kremlin characterizing the incident as a “barbaric act” ordered “at the suggestion of [Kiev’s] Western curators,” and a calamity which has unleashed a “large-scale environmental and human disaster.”
A US-based private Earth imaging company released before and after satellite photos showing the consequences of the flooding, with much of the town of Novaya Kakhovka in Russia’s Kherson completely submerged in water, together with other settlements on both the Russian and Ukrainian-controlled sides of the river.
A European Space Agency satellite tracking water levels June 5, 6, and 7 showed the extent of the rising water levels across the region over the three days.
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Ukrainian and NATO officials quickly blamed Moscow for the disaster, calling it an “ecological catastrophe.” Russia, which has born an equal share of the direct fallout of the flooding, plus the prospects of the loss of water in the North Crimean Canal and cooling water for the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, dismissed the claims, pointing out that Kiev had been attacking the Kakhovka hydroplant and its environs for well over a year before Tuesday morning’s fatal blow.
A report from the Washington Post (WaPo) in late December gives credence to Ukraine’s long-term plan to blow up the Kakhova Dam, which has been exposed.