After the blowing up of the Kakhovka dam, masses of water flood the region around Kherson. This is a serious setback for Ukraine's counteroffensive.
Kherson - Despite numerous warnings, the case has occurred: An explosion at the Kakhovska Dam on Tuesday (June 6) brought down the monstrous structure in the Dnipro Delta. Now entire regions have been flooded and for the most part impassable. For Ukraine, this is a hard setback in the fight against Russia. Because the counteroffensive that began in the Kherson region now seems to have been stopped again. For experts, therefore, there is a deliberate strategy on the part of Russia behind the incident.
Kakhovska dam blown up: expert accuses Russia of deliberate calculation
After the blowing up of the Kakhovska dam near Kherson, military expert Markus Reisner assumes a "diabolical calculation" with which Russia could have accepted the widespread destruction and the high number of victims. Due to the flooding, it is no longer possible for soldiers to land in the contested river delta, he told ntv. Earlier, activity had been repeatedly reported in the southern region around Kherson, which could have indicated a counteroffensive by Ukraine on this sector of the front.
Has to accept setbacks in the counteroffensive: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. © Uncredited/dpa
80 villages flooded by blasting
The explosion at the Kakhovska Dam occurred early Tuesday morning. According to the information, half of the structure was destroyed along half its length. The 30-meter-high dam, built in 1956 on the Dnieper River as part of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, was 3.2 kilometers long before the expolision. It is now feared that the rupture of the dam will lead to massive flooding in the embattled Kherson region. According to local authorities, about 16,000 people live in the "critical zone". Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal spoke of a risk of flooding for up to 80 villages, some of which are now said to have been evacuated and disconnected from the power grid.
Much of the information cannot be independently verified in the Ukraine war. Both warring parties blamed each other. While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of "terror" by Russia, the Kremlin, conversely, accused the government in Kiev of sabotage.
Ukraine's counteroffensive thwarted by breach in dam
Nevertheless, there are many indications that Russia is taking targeted action to make it more difficult for Ukraine to counteroffensive in the region. It will now hardly be possible for Ukrainian troops to cross the Dnipro, confirmed the military expert of the Bundeswehr University of Munich, Carlo Masala, in an interview with the TV channel of Die Welt. Basically, water crossings and landings were among the most difficult tasks in an operation. In view of the masses of water, this is now "almost impossible", since Ukraine does not have the necessary equipment.
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Recently, there had been repeated speculation that the region around Kherson could be part of the planned counteroffensive in the Ukraine war. For months, Ukrainian special forces – including soldiersfrom the 73rd Naval Special Operations Center – have been carrying out attacks on Russian positions along the Dnipro River.
Special unit for counteroffensive
The 73rd Naval Special Operations Center goes to the "17th Marine Special Brigade", which originated in the Soviet Union. Originally established as a training unit, it is now known for its amphibious strikes and reconnaissance missions in the Ukraine war behind enemy lines along the Dnipro River. The Ukrainian special forces have a similar organizational structure to a team of US Navy Seals. The headquarters in the Mykolaiv administrative region, which is located immediately west of the Kherson region.
After the unit, which is comparable to the U.S. elite Navy Seals, was able to liberate part of the western bank in the river delta in November, operations were planned from there again and again. In January, for example, special forces soldiers allegedly attacked the east bank, knocking out a Russian command and control post. They used drones and gunboats before disappearing at night, Business Insider recently reported. Reports of such attacks with speedboats had recently increased noticeably.
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However, it remains unclear whether Ukraine could actually have planned a major offensive in the Kherson region. Now that Ukraine has been upgraded by the West with numerous weapons systems and the summer weather theoretically makes an advance possible, the counteroffensive could begin on up to five sectors of the front at the same time. However, the Ministry of Defense does not want to give an official date. Several government officials instead shared a video on social media calling for silence on possible reports of a major offensive and military strategy. "Plans love silence," the film says. To what extent it is now necessary to reschedule again because of the blowing up of the dam - Kiev is also silent about this. (jkf)