Ukraine to sue Russia over Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant incident

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7th June 2023 – (Kyiv) Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has announced Ukraine’s intention to sue Russia in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague over the incident at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant (HPP). Zelensky described the situation as “ecocide” and stated that Ukraine will make requests to the staff of the ICC.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when Ukrainian forces shelled the Kakhovka HPP, likely using missiles fired from an Olkha multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). The shelling caused the gate valves of the plant’s dam to collapse, resulting in uncontrollable water pouring out. The water level in Novaya Kakhovka has risen to above 12 meters, flooding 14 settlements, with up to 80 at risk of being inundated. People are being evacuated from neighbouring settlements, and farmlands along the Dnieper have been washed away. There is also a risk of the drying out of the North Crimean Canal, which feeds water to Crimea.

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has described the attack on the Kakhovka HPP as a deliberate act of sabotage by Ukraine. He added that the Kyiv regime should bear all the responsibility for the consequences.

Water levels in the flooded streets of Novaya Kakhovka, Ukraine, have started to recede following the burst of the Kakhovka dam in the Kherson Region, according to the local administration. The water level declined by 35mm, and over 900 people were evacuated from flooded zones on Tuesday. Ukrainian forces shelled the Kakhovka HPP, possibly using missiles fired from an Olkha multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), causing the gate valves of the dam to collapse and resulting in uncontrollable water pouring out. The water level in Novaya Kakhovka has risen to over 12 meters, flooding 14 settlements with up to 80 at risk of being inundated. Farmlands along the Dnieper have been washed away, and there is a risk of the drying out of the North Crimean Canal, which feeds water to Crimea. The Kremlin has described the attack as a deliberate act of sabotage by Ukraine, stating that the Kiev regime should bear all the responsibility for the consequences.