It will take at least a year to repair the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam in Russia’s Kherson region, a local official says
The Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam in Russia’s Kherson region suffered “colossal” damage during attacks by Ukrainian forces, a local official said.
Key infrastructure, located on the Dnieper River upstream from the city of Kherson, can still be repaired, but it will take time, Vladimir Leontyev, the mayor of Novaya Kakhovka, the site of the hydropower plant and dam, told CASS. Sunday.
“I think with the use of modern technologies it can be fixed quite quickly. ‘Quit fast’ in universal terms. We’re not talking about a few months, of course. It will take a year or more. Leontyev said, adding that it was up to the experts to work out the exact terms.
In recent weeks, Russia has accused Ukraine of launching numerous strikes on the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam, including with the use of US-provided HIMARS multiple rocket launch systems.
Moscow insisted that kyiv was attacking the facility with the aim of causing major flooding in the Kherson region. Ukrainian authorities have denied the charges, saying Russia itself planned to destroy the dam in a false flag operation.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday authorized the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson. General Sergey Surovikin, the commander of Russian forces in Ukraine, had argued that the move was necessary to avoid unnecessary deaths of soldiers and civilians due to possible flooding.
According to the Defense Ministry, more than 30,000 Russian troops have moved to the eastern bank of the Dnieper and taken up defensive positions there, while more than 115,000 civilians have been moved from Kherson and surrounding areas since mid-October. .
Two weeks ago, the relocation was extended outside Kherson to a 15 km (9.3 mile) area on the left bank of the Dnieper, which included Novaya Kakhovka.
“Most of the city’s population [of some 44,000] have been evacuated now,” Leontyev said, adding that people started leaving Novaya Kakhovka months ago amid missile attacks.
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