US National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said that Washington continues to assess the situation that emerged due to the explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in southern Ukraine.
Source: European Pravda, Kirby at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday
Quote: “We have seen reports of Russia’s responsibility for the explosion at the dam (Kakhovka HPP), which, let me remind you, was illegally seized by Russia last year and has been occupied since then.
We are doing our best to evaluate these reports and are working with the Ukrainians to gather more information. But we cannot yet say what exactly happened”.
Details: According to Kirby, Washington is ready to help Kyiv overcome the consequences of the disaster, including through international humanitarian organisations.
“I guarantee you that you will see additional packages of security assistance in the coming days and weeks. We will continue to do everything possible so that Ukraine can succeed on the battlefield, as President Biden said,” the White House representative assured.
The media outlets reported that US intelligence indicated that Russia was more likely involved in the blowing up of the dam.
Background: On 6 Jule, Ukraine’s Operational Command Pivden (South) reported that the Russian occupation forces have blown up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), with Kherson Oblast Military Administration confirming this information. Oleksandr Prokudin reported that the evacuation of the local population from tge dangerous areas had begun.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba previously called Russia’s blowing up of the Kakhovka HPP a terrible war crime and probably the biggest man-made disaster in Europe in recent decades. The incident was condemned by a number of foreign leaders and European officials.