6 Jun 2023

Ukraine war: Kyiv accuses Russia of destroying Nova Kakhovka dam

International Editor

A mass emergency evacuation of thousands of people is under way in Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson.

The area is being submerged after the Nova Kakhovka dam was busted overnight, releasing a deluge of water from Ukraine’s largest reservoir.

The Ukrainians say the Russians, who control the dam, destroyed it, something the Russians deny.

It is not the first time the dam has come under attack but it is now thought to be beyond repair with potentially catastrophic consequences for anyone or anything living downstream.