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Dam's destruction reshapes Ukraine, but not arc of the war

By Andrew E. Kramer

09 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine has caused a flood with humanitarian and economic consequences, but it is not expected to impede Ukraine's counteroffensive with Western weaponry.

BERYSLAV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian soldiers sped along a dirt road, their pickup truck bouncing over ruts, lest they become an easy target for Russian tanks across the Dnieper River.

Nearby, Russian howitzers fired with deafening booms, sending shells streaking over the ruins of the Kakhovka dam, the destruction of which this week unleashed a flood with far-reaching humanitarian and economic consequences. As Ukraine reckons with the devastation, its military must also fight in the flood zone, adjusting and adapting to the changing contours of the land to meet its broader strategic goals.

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