"The order was given by Putin": the DIU names the perpetrators of the Kakhovka HPP bombing
The terrorist attack by the Russian occupation army on the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station is comparable in scale to the decision to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the occupation forces. A representative of the Defence Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, Andriy Yusov, believes that the final order to blow up the dam and hydroelectric power station was given by Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin.
"I can say my personal opinion. Since this act of terrorism is comparable in scale to the decision to invade Ukraine on a full-scale basis, the decision was made and the final order was given by Putin himself. No other entity, no other person on the territory of the so-called Russian Federation would have taken such responsibility," Yusov said in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda. The recording was published on Thursday, 8 June (to watch the video, scroll to the bottom of the page).
When asked how the explosion took place, the DIU officer replied: "Yes, it was explosives. Yes, it was an internal explosion and controlled detonation. This is the information we can make public now." He said that the investigation is ongoing and all data is being transferred as part of this investigation.
Yusov named the Russian military as the executors of the criminal order. He noted that the enemy units deployed in the area around the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station are known. It is likely that other special forces were also involved in the mining.
"I am convinced that there was a separate insurance group (in case the regular military refused to perform this task)," the Defence Intelligence representative added.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
- The Institute for the Study of War said that the Russian occupiers are responding to the flood after the explosion of the hydroelectric power station in Nova Kakhovka with a high degree of disorganisation, which is exacerbating the damage to the civilian population.
- On June 7, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre stressed that the responsibility for the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station lies entirely with the aggressor country of Russia. Russian troops occupied the area and controlled the dam.