Malyar named the main reason why Russia blew up the Kakhovka HPP: it is connected with the attack of the AFU
The purpose of the Russians' bombing of the Kakhovka HPP was to narrow the possible geography of active operations by the AFU. The occupiers realized that they were unable to contain the Ukrainian counterattack, so they carried out the attack in the calculation of preventing the Ukrainian Defense Forces from conducting an operation in the Kherson direction.
The Russians also hoped in this way to free up the necessary reserves for their redeployment to the Zaporizhzhia and Bakhmut direction. This was reported in Telegram by Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar.
According to a representative of the Defense Ministry, by destroying the Kakhovka HPP, the Russian leadership is trying to divert part of the forces and resources of the Ukrainian Defense Forces to eliminate the man-made disaster and thus prevent the liberation of the occupied territories in the left-bank part of the Kherson region.
The enemy is currently moving its most combat-ready units out of the Kherson direction, Malyar stressed. These are, first of all, units of marines, airborne troops and the army.
A reminder: earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine published an audio intercept stating that the Kakhovka HPP in Kherson Oblast was blown up by a sabotage group of occupants. The invaders wanted to blackmail Ukraine by blowing up the dam, but something did not go according to plan, as a result of which they created a man-made disaster in the south of our state.
"It wasn't them (the Ukrainian side - ed.) that hit there. Our sabotage group is there. They wanted to scare the hell out of that dam. It didn't go according to plan, but more than they planned," the occupant said.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- American satellites detected an explosion at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in the Kherson region shortly before it collapsed. The satellites are equipped with infrared sensors that recorded the heat signal characteristic of a large explosion;
- On June 7, satellite photos were published showing the aftermath of the bombing of the dam at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant by Russian war criminals. On the second day after the explosion, Hola Prystan, the Korabel district in Kherson, and other areas where people used to live went under water.