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Russian army deports population from flooded Kherson region to Crimea 

21 July, 2023 Friday
13:29

After the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, Russian invaders began deporting civilians from the left bank to the temporarily occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation

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This was stated by volunteer Roman Holovnya, the head of the Kherson Hub humanitarian project and former deputy mayor of Kherson, on Espreso TV.

Commenting on the situation with drinking water supply in the Kherson region affected by the occupiers' explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, Holovnya noted that it remains difficult in those regions that were primarily flooded.

"The city of Kherson is supplied with water from wells, and this made it possible to avoid such a large-scale disaster. If there had been a centralized water intake from the Dnipro, the city would have been left without water at all. The water problems were in the flooded neighborhoods, and with the help of the plants and the amount of drinking water brought in, we managed to avoid a shortage and help people get vital water," he said.

Regarding the current situation, the volunteer said that humanitarian missions continue to set up drinking water supplies to provide the population with drinking water.

"Currently, according to the report of the military administrarion, there is a permanent 5-day water reserve to provide the population. The water utility's structures in Kherson are working to restore and flush the wells that were flooded as a result of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. It is about 20 wells," he said.

Holovnya also noted that where there is no electricity, the situation is more complicated and either constant water supply or constant operation of generators pumping water from wells is needed. 

Commenting on the situation on the left bank, the volunteer said that the occupiers are solving the issue of providing the population with deportation to the occupied Crimea or to the territory of the Russian Federation.

"When we talk about Hola Prystan, Oleshky, no one is going to eliminate the consequences of the flood there, and all they do is threaten the local population and try to deport them as much as possible to occupy housing on the left bank," Holovnya added.

What is known about the explosion of Kakhovka HPP

Kakhovka HPP has been occupied by Russians since February 24 last year.

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Russian occupation forces blew up the Kakhovka HPP, which completely destroyed it. Evacuations of residents of dangerous areas began, and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy convened an emergency meeting of the Security and Defense Council. More details about how the situation developed on June 6 can be found here. 

It is known that the United States is carefully studying the evidence in the case of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant explosion. 

On July 20, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said that 31 people had died as a result of the Russians' explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant.


 
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