By blowing up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant (HPP), the Russians tried to complicate the ability of Ukrainian troops to force the Dnieper and stop the counteroffensive. Despite this, now the Russians themselves have to withdraw urgently.
This was told by military analyst Oleksiy Hetman live on the FREEDOM TV channel today, June 8.
The expert says that when the Russian army blew up the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric station, it did not warn its servicemen who were lower along the Dnieper.
"Therefore, when the water began to rise, they had to withdraw urgently. What did they want to achieve with this undermining? Of course, they wanted the river to overflow, to complicate the crossing from the right bank, where Ukrainian troops are located, to the left bank, to force the Dnieper. In this way, they decided to stop the offensive actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Hetman said.
Hetman also added that, unlike the Russians, Ukrainians were able to take into account this option and the terrorist attack did not allow the Russians to achieve any success, the expert said.
"General Nayev said that when they were developing an offensive action plan [of the Ukrainian Defense Forces], they considered the issue that the Kakhovka hydroelectric station could be blown up and the Dnieper flood would take place. This was taken into account when developing an offensive plan. And there were several options for our Armed Forces to act in case of explosion or non-explosion of a hydroelectric power plant," the analyst said.
Hetman is confident that this will not affect the offensive of Ukrainian troops. And the Russians committed by them terrorist attack did not bring anything.
In addition, Crimea will now have problems with drinking water, Hetman added.
"Therefore, it is impossible to say that they have achieved any success. By blowing up the dam, they caused an environmental catastrophe. It is difficult to call it an "achievement," the analyst summed up.
It should be added that as a result of the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric station by the Russian occupiers, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, about 10 thousand hectares of agricultural land were flooded in the Kherson region only on the right bank.
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