Ukraine claims intercepted call proves Russia blew up Nova Kakhovka dam
Ukraine has claimed that it intercepted a phone call between Russian soldiers confirming that Moscow’s saboteurs destroyed the Nova Kakhovka dam. Norwegian seismologists also revealed they detected a possible explosion at the time of the dam’s breach. In the intercepted audio recording, two men are heard discussing the aftermath of the dam collapse in Russian. The man on the call, described by Ukraine’s domestic security agency SBU as a Russian serviceman, says, “They wanted to, like, scare [people] with that dam…It didn’t go according to plan, and [they did] more than what they planned for.” Moscow has not commented on the contents of the phone call, and The Post could not independently verify the recording.
What is the Nova Kakhovka dam?
The Nova Kakhovka dam is a hydroelectric power plant in the Kherson region of Ukraine.
What happened at the dam?
The dam collapsed on June 6, leading to catastrophic flooding that killed at least nine people and left thousands more homeless.
Who destroyed the dam?
Ukraine claims that Russian saboteurs destroyed the dam. Russia denies the claim and accuses Ukraine of sabotaging the site to distract from its failed counteroffensive.
Is there evidence to support Ukraine’s claim?
Ukraine has released an intercepted phone call between two men, one of them a Russian serviceman, discussing the aftermath of the dam collapse in Russian. Norwegian seismologists also detected a possible explosion at the time of the dam’s breach.
What is the US’s position on the incident?
A senior Biden administration official told The New York Times that American spy satellites spotted an explosion at the huge hydroelectric station just before it gave way. US intelligence analysts suspect Russia was behind the incident, but intelligence agencies do not have concrete evidence about who was responsible.
Russia accused of blowing up Nova Kakhovka dam by Ukraine, citing an intercepted call.
Ukraine claims to have intercepted a phone call between Russian soldiers that allegedly confirms they were responsible for destroying the Nova Kakhovka dam, as Norwegian seismologists detected a possible explosion around the time of the dam’s collapse. In the audio recording shared by Ukraine’s domestic security agency, SBU, a man identified as a Russian serviceman admits that his country’s army destroyed the dam. Although Moscow has not commented on the matter, the US has said that spy satellites detected an explosion at the dam just prior to the collapse, while Russia has accused Ukraine of destroying the dam to distract from its failed counteroffensive. The flooding caused by the dam’s collapse has killed nine people and left many homeless.