President of Ukraine held an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on the situation at the Kakhovka HPP
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on the situation at the Kakhovka HPP.
Minister of the Interior Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrhydroenergo CEO Ihor Syrota, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi and Energoatom President Petro Kotin delivered reports.
The NSDC members were told that around 2:50 am, the enemy blew up the structures of the Kakhovka HPP from inside. All emergency services and the military were immediately informed.
80 settlements are in the flood zone. Members of the National Security and Defense Council were briefed on the current situation by Head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration Yurii Malashko, and Commander of the Odesa operational and strategic group of troops Eduard Moskalov. No civilian or military casualties were reported.
Instructions were given to evacuate civilians from the endangered areas and to provide drinking water to settlements dependent on the Kakhovka reservoir.
The NSDC members were informed that at least 150 tons of machine oil got into the Dnipro River, and there is a risk of further leakage of more than 300 tons.
The participants of the meeting agreed on a set of international measures, including convening a meeting of the UN Security Council, appealing to international environmental organizations and the International Criminal Court, as such actions of the Russians bear clear signs of violation of the Geneva Convention.
The members of the National Security and Defense Council were also briefed on the current situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Ukrainian personnel at the plant are keeping the situation under control and have the tools to deal with any developments.