► Kakhovka hydroelectric dam partially destroyed
The Kakhovka hydroelectric dam, located in the Russian-occupied areas of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, was partially destroyed Tuesday, June 6, Moscow and kyiv accusing each other of being responsible.
Ukrainian forces carried out “multiple strikes” on the Kakhovka dam overnight from Monday to Tuesday, Nova Kakhovka city mayor Vladimir Leontiev said on Telegram, claiming that they had destroyed the gate valves of the dam and caused a “uncontrollable water discharge”. Volodymyr Zelensky will urgently convene his security council, while 16,000 people are in the “critical zone”, and evacuations have begun.
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The danger of ” nuclear catastrophe “ at the Zaporizhia power plant ” increase quickly “, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency warned on Tuesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, estimated on Tuesday that there was no “no immediate nuclear danger” at the central.
► Ukraine claims “success”
Ukraine claimed to be gaining ground near the ravaged eastern city of Bakhmout, but downplayed the scale of the « actions offensives » carried out elsewhere on the front. These operations take place at a time when the Ukrainian authorities say they have been preparing for months a vast counter-offensive designed to force Russian troops to withdraw from the areas they occupy.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked his troops for the territorial gains they claimed, quipping over the reaction “hysterical” from Moscow.
During the night of Monday to Tuesday, a new air attack targeted kyiv, “possibly by means of cruise missiles”reported the civil-military administration of the Ukrainian capital.
► The head of Wagner describes as “fantasies” the Russian balance sheets
The Russian Ministry of Defense has meanwhile claimed to have countered attacks on five sectors of the front since the morning of June 4. “in the southern direction of the Donetsk region”located in the East.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had killed “more than 1,500 Ukrainian servicemen” and destroyed « 28 chars ». A statement derided by the leader of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, Evguéni Prigojine, accustomed to virulent criticism of the general staff.
“It’s just rantings”, commented the latter in a message on Telegram. Killing 1,500 soldiers in one day is “a hell of a massacre”he quipped, mocking Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. “In fact, why not add up all the numbers given by Konashenkov. I think we’ve already destroyed the whole of planet Earth five times.”he quipped.
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