Ukraine: Destruction of Kakhovka dam prompts ‘ecocide’ investigation

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 Early Tuesday morning, the Kakhovka dam and electric plant in Kherson, Ukraine, was destroyed, flooding the surrounding area. The dam was under Russian control, and Kremlin officials have accused the Ukrainian military of sabotage. Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities blame Russia for the catastrophe. As residents in the affected areas evacuate, problems are expected downstream. Kakhovka not only provides drinking water and irrigation but also plays a crucial role in cooling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to the north. Ukrainian law enforcement is reportedly investigating the incident as a potential case of “ecocide,” given the potential for widespread damage to natural habitats.