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Kakhovka HPP beyond repair, interior minister says

The terrorist attack destroyed 11 out of 28 spans of the upper part of the dam.

Kakhovka HPP beyond repair, interior minister says
Photo: The New York Times

Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko met representatives of foreign diplomatic missions to discuss the implementation of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Peace Formula. During the meeting, he spoke, in particular, about the consequences of the Russian terrorist attack on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has said.

"As a result of the terrorist attack, 11 out of 28 spans of the upper part of the dam were destroyed. Some 150 tonnes of oil leaked out of the HPP's engine room 3. Kakhovka HPP is no longer subject to restoration," Klymenko said.

As a result of the Russian terrorist attack, 180 settlements in Dnipropetrovsk, Mykolayiv and Kherson regions with a population of approximately 875,000 people were included in the emergency zone.

At least 34 people were killed and 28 others were injured. Thirty-nine people are still missing.

Almost 4,000 people and hundreds of pets had to be evacuated from the flooded areas. A total of 716 people were rescued during the rescue operation in the affected areas, including 30 children and 40 people with reduced mobility.

The explosion also left nearly 700,000 Ukrainians without access to drinking water.

In addition, the mine risk to the coast has increased significantly, with more mines being carried by water after the hydroelectric power station was blown up. Cases of unauthorised detonation have been recorded as mines move downstream. In Odesa and Mykolayiv, such mines have been recorded washing up on the shore.

Earlier, Ukrhydroenergo CEO Ihor Syrota said that the reconstruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant after its de-occupation would take six years. The new plant will be modern and much more powerful than the one destroyed by the Russians.

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