The death toll from the destruction of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station and the flooding of Russian-controlled territory in the Kherson region has risen to 38 people, 115 people were injured. This is reported by TASS with reference to the data of emergency services.
TASS notes that the water level in the flooded region continues to fall.
At the same time, according to the Ukrainian headquarters for liquidation of the consequences of the destruction of the hydroelectric dam, on the right bank of the Dnieper (this part is controlled by Ukraine), 18 people died, 31 people went missing.
Recall, the Russian side claims that the dam collapsed after a series of artillery strikes from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Here is what Vladimir Putin said about this:
“Well, it’s clear who is guilty, the Ukrainian side was striving for this. You know, I'm not going to say one hundred percent things that I'm not sure about, so by and large we did not record large explosions before the destruction occurred, at least that's what I was told. But they purposefully hit HIMARS many times at the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, that's the point. Maybe they had some bookmark there, I don’t know now, maybe they once again added something insignificant there and destruction began.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, the station was blown up by the Russian army, Zelensky's adviser Mikhail Podolyak said earlier.
At the same time, OSINT researchers assumed that the destruction of the dam began before its breakthrough on June 6 and the cause of the disaster was the damage received earlier and the improper operation of the hydroelectric power station by the Russian administration.
On June 8, it was reported that Norwegian scientists recorded seismic tremors, confirming that the destruction of the hydroelectric power station was the result of an explosion. A day later, it became known that American spy satellites also recorded an explosion at the dam shortly before its collapse.