In a conversation with his Turkish namesake, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Russian president blamed kyiv for the incident.
Vladimir Putin denounced this Wednesday that the destruction of the Kajovka dam, in the occupied zone in southern Ukraine, was the responsibility of kyiv and described it as “savagery”.
The Russian president blamed the Ukrainians for the incident during a telephone conversation he had with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The outrage aimed at destroying the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in the Kherson region has led to a large-scale environmental and humanitarian disaster,” Putin said, according to a statement issued by the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian teams and Russian evacuation forces rescued thousands of civilians from flooded areas because of the destruction of the dam.
The city of Kherson, which is located 70 kilometers from the dam, finds its streets completely flooded. A neighbor of hers, Natalia Korj, 68, explained that she had to swim to leave her home.
“All the rooms are under water. My fridge floats, the freezer, everything. We are used to (artillery) shots, but a natural disaster is a real nightmare. I didn’t expect it,” said a neighbor, Natalia Korj, to the AFP Agency, after being rescued by local services.
Until now, more than 2,700 people they were evacuated from the flooded areas after the destruction of the dam. “Currently there is no information on deaths or injuries,” it was reported through a statement, although they added that the water level in the city had risen five meters.
“Dozens of cities and towns will face problems of drinking water, of access to water supplies for irrigation,” Oleksandr Khorunzhyi, Ukraine’s leader, said in a remote address at an OECD meeting.
Meanwhile, Moscow and kyiv blame each other for the attack carried out on Tuesday against this strategic dam, which feeds Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.
With information from AFP and EFE Agencies