People spend night on roofs and in trees after Ukraine dam breach
More than 24 hours on and the consequences of Ukraine’s dam breach are still playing out, even as the vast Khakovska reservoir continues to empty, sending flood waters surging down towards the Black Sea.
Satellite images show massive flooding on both sides of the Dnipro river, especially in low-lying terrain to the south, in territory still controlled by Russia.
In some communities, flood waters were so high that people were forced to spend the night on their roofs and sitting in trees, waiting to be rescued.
In Kherson, the only major city affected, the flooding is less acute, but rescue operations continue, hampered by frequent shelling from Russian positions across the river.
The circumstances surrounding the dam’s collapse are still the subject of claim and counter-claim, but it was surely no accident that it happened just a day after Ukraine’s long-anticipated counter offensive appeared to get under way.
From a strictly military point of view, there’s a kind of brutal logic to what happened yesterday. Fearing Ukrainian attacks at any point along a 600 mile front line, it seems likely that Russian commanders decided to remove the only viable crossing point over the Dnipro south of the city of Zaporizhzhia.