Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that if Russia were planning a “terrorist attack” on a large hydroelectric dam in Ukraine’s Kherson region, it would mean that the Russians were “clearly aware” of casualties in the southern part of the country.
Zelenskyy’s comments came Thursday, a day after the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in a report that Russian forces were planning a “false flag” attack on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, located about 50 miles east of Kakhovka is the city of Kherson.
In a speech on Thursday, Zelensky said Ukrainian officials believe the Russians are “preparing” an attack on the power plant and that “the power units and dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station were dismantled by Russian terrorists.”
“Now everyone in the world must act vigorously and quickly to prevent a new Russian terrorist attack. The destruction of the dam would mean a catastrophe on a large scale,” Zelenskyy said.
“With this terrorist attack, among other things, they can even destroy the possibility of supplying water from the Dnipro River to Crimea. In case of the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, the North Crimean Canal will simply disappear,” Zelenskyy said.
“And if Russia is preparing such a terrorist attack, if it seriously considers such a scenario, it means that the terrorists are clearly aware that they can hold not only Kherson, but also the entire south of our country, including Crimea ‘ added the President of Ukraine.
Russian state media appeared on Wednesday to prepare viewers for the loss of the occupied city of Kherson.
“Throughout these months, the Ukrainian side has been systematically working to cut off our forces from supply routes in the area of the Nova Kakhovka Dam and in the area of u200bu200bthe Antonovsky Bridge,” Alexander Kots, military correspondent for the state-run daily tabloid, told Komsomolskaya Pravdasaid during a broadcast of 60 minutes on Russia-1.
“This is causing difficulties for the Russian troops, especially since we are facing quite significant forces on the other side of the front,” Kots added.
In an interview on Rossiya 24 news channel this week, General Sergei Surovikin, the commander of the Russian army, said that “tough decisions will have to be made” as the Ukrainians push to retake Kherson as part of their counteroffensive.
“The situation is not easy in the direction of Kherson,” said Surovikin. “The situation in the area of the ‘Special Military Operation’ can be described as tense.”
news week turned to the foreign ministries of Russia and Ukraine for comments.
https://www.newsweek.com/russians-clearly-aware-losses-coming-ukraines-south-crimea-zelensky-1753746 Russians are “clearly aware” of losses in southern Ukraine, Crimea: Zelensky