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Dam destruction a threat to Ukrainian counteroffensive, water supplies

By Pamela Constable

06 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. The destruction of a massive dam in southern Ukraine will have major implications for the war with Russia, not only hampering Ukraine's counteroffensive but also posing a threat to drinking water in the region.

DNIPRO, Ukraine - The destruction of a massive dam in southern Ukraine will have severe implications for the war, not only making it harder for Ukrainian troops to advance into Russian-occupied areas, but also threatening drinking water for the region.

The Nova Kakhovka dam, which supplies water to much of southern Ukraine, is in a part of the Kherson region that was seized by Russian forces at the start of the war. Ukrainian officials blamed Russia for an attack, but it was also possible that Ukraine blew up the critical dam to slow Russian troop movements.

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