Air strikes have hit critical infrastructure in central and western Ukraine, as Russia continues to bombardment on the country’s energy grid.
President Zelenskyy said, “The enemy launched a massive attack: 36 rockets, most of which were shot down. These are vile strikes on critical objects.”
On Saturday the deputy mayor of the western city of Lviv, Serhiy Kiralthat Russia’s, told the BBC Russia’s strategy was to damage critical infrastructure before the winter, and bring the war to areas beyond the front line.
“The more successes the Ukrainian armed forces are having at the front the worse it’s going to be for people on the home front because Russia is going to do all it can to target civilians and to target critical infrastructure,” he said in an interview with the Newshour radio program.
On Friday Zelenskyy accused Russia of planting mines at a hydroelectric dam in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, which is under the control of Moscow’s forces.
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“Russia is deliberately creating the grounds for a large-scale disaster in the south of Ukraine,” said Zelenskyy.
Zelenskyy said he has received information that mines were placed at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. Insider was unable to immediately verify the claim.
The dam generates energy from the huge Dnipro river, which is around two miles wide just upstream from the dam.
It sits in the Kherson region, where occupying Russian soldiers are under heavy pressure from a Ukrainian counterattack.
“If Russian terrorists blow up this dam, more than 80 settlements, including Kherson, will be in the zone of rapid flooding,” Zelenskyy said. “Hundreds, hundreds of thousands of people may be affected.”
“Russia is doing this in order to organize another false flag operation,” Zelenskyy claimed, asserting that Russia would seek to blame a collapse on Ukraine.
Zelenskyy said the loss of the dam could flood a huge area and deprive the south of Ukraine of its water supply, and endanger the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which draws on the reservoir at nearby Kakhovka for cooling, he said. Nuclear experts said that this situation would be problematic and pose a risk.
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