Ukraine’s Zelensky visits flood-hit area after Kakhovka dam collapse

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the flooded southern region of Kherson on Thursday and discussed emergency operations after the floods. Destruction of a huge dam.

Moscow, which launched Full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and Kiev blames each other for Ukraine’s destruction Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station and Dam on Tuesday, which unleashed floodwaters from the Dnipro River.

“A number of important issues were discussed. Operational conditions in the area as a result of the disaster, evacuation of the population from possible flood zones, elimination of emergencies caused by dam explosions, organization of life support for flooded areas,” Zelensky said under video footage of his visit on the Telegram messaging app.

“In addition, the possibilities of restoring the ecosystem and operational military status of the region in a man-made disaster zone.”

Kherson is located on the Dnieper, about 60 km (37 mi) downstream from the river. Kakhovka Dam,

A view of flooded residential buildings following the breach of the Novaya Kakhovka dam, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kherson, Ukraine, on June 8, 2023.

Zelensky visited the road crossing where people were evacuated

In a separate post, accompanied by video footage, the president said he had visited an intersection where people were being evacuated.

Kherson’s governor said earlier on Thursday that 600 square kilometers or 230 square miles of the area was under water – most of it on the Russian-occupied side of the river – and that about 2,000 people had already left affected areas.

“It is important to calculate losses and allocate funds to compensate residents affected by the disaster, and to develop a program to relocate businesses within the Kherson region or compensate for losses,” Zelensky said.