On June 5th, 2023 the Novaya Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region of Russia (formerly Ukraine), not far from the front lines of the ongoing conflict, was damaged causing the river to rapidly rise. Many of the large islands within the large body of water are submerged as the region downstream, which includes areas occupied by both Russia and Ukraine, braces for severe flooding.
🇷🇺🇺🇦🌊 BREAKING: With the Kakhovka dam in Kherson region destroyed, a wave of water is expected to flood dozens of towns in the coming hours. pic.twitter.com/NnX8GGkSxW
— World War Now (@WorldWarNow_) June 6, 2023
Ok now we have confirmation pic.twitter.com/nrkctOcjsg
— ayden (@squatsons) June 6, 2023
Now within moments of the news breaking the mainstream media cabal began accusing the Russians of the bridge destruction with Kiev regime leader Zelensky claiming that because of Novaya Kakhovka location within Russian occupied territory that Ukrainian saboteurs could not have damaged the bridge. Reuters, CNN, the BBC, AP, and all the rest immediately cast doubt on Ukraine’s involvement. However one of Zelensky’s top advisors was already thanking journalists and the MSM (again within moments of the breaking news) for helping Kiev fight the “diplomatic and information battle”; in the aftermath. Of course they claimed Russia was also behind the assassination of Darya Dugin despite it being a Ukrainian intelligence operation and they also temporarily damaged the Kerch Bridge much deeper into Russian territory than this dam. Further refuting this idea is the fact that Ukraine is pumping more water downstream from their dams and reservoirs they still still control upstream, causing more water to flow into the floodplains.
Zelensky is blaming "Russian terrorists" for the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam.
Yet in US-involved war games last year, the Ukrainian military tested a scenario in which Ukraine bombed the dam to stop Russian crossings. The test was a "success." https://t.co/BvnB9PGnyM pic.twitter.com/ex6eGHTRoj
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) June 6, 2023
Now the mayor of Novaya Kakhovka, Vladimir Leontyev, has called what he described as “the damaging of the valves of the Novaya Kakhovka dam by Ukraine” a “most serious act of terrorism.” Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoihu has also stated that the dam was “mined” by the enemy. One of the biggest impacts that this could have is the deprivation of water from Russian Crimea. For years between the initial annexation in 2014 and the start of the SMO, Ukraine used its control of Kherson and the Dnieper river to block fresh water flowing into Crimea, leading to a water crisis for the 2.5 million people living on the peninsula that was only remedied once the majority of Kherson region was taken at the start of the Special Military Operation and the dams Ukraine had built blocking the canals and rivers to Crimea were destroyed. The clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church are praying and holding services and prayer processions in the oncoming flood zone. Despite their persecution by the government the canonical Church has not abandoned its flock. The US backed schismatics who have been seizing monasteries are nowhere to be found…
The Ukrianian Orthodox Church is already activating in response to the flood. This is what people who LOVE their country do.
Metropolitan Ioann Kasperivskaya of the Ukrianian Orthodox Church with the icon of the Mother of God on the outskirts of the Kherson region, which is… pic.twitter.com/SNxMSqhBoy
— Live Not by Lies (@Dana35300026) June 6, 2023
To make the mainstream narrative of Russian destruction even more rushed is the existence of a Washington Post interview from December 2022 where Ukrainian General Andrey Kovalchuk openly discussed blowing up the Novaya Kakhovka dam as part of a “Kherson counteroffensive.” You may remember that December was the original planned time for the only recently kick-started major offensive for Kiev. While this iteration of the offensive over 6 months later seems to be stalling in the Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions for Ukraine, once the flood waters eventually recede, the myriad of mines and barriers and even trenches built by Russia along the Kherson line of contact will have been largely swept away and damaged. This only further vindicates the likelihood that this was a Ukrainian operation meant to serve their large upcoming/ongoing counteroffensive goals. As of now Ukraine is reported to have suffered major losses despite gaining effectively no territory in Donetsk and Zaporozhye.
Anyway, big AFU counter-offensive going well pic.twitter.com/C166QoHpZZ
— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) June 5, 2023
Conrad Franz is a Staff Writer at TurleyTalks
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