(Reuters) - Ukraine’s Russian-held Nova Kakhovka dam was damaged successful shelling by Ukrainian forces, Russian quality agencies reported connected Sunday, citing exigency services.
Russian state-owned quality bureau TASS quoted a typical of the exigency services arsenic saying that a rocket launched by a U.S.-made HIMARS rocket strategy had deed the dam’s fastener and caused damaged. The authoritative quoted said it was an “attempt to make the conditions for a humanitarian catastrophe” by breaching the dam.
The reports provided nary grounds to enactment the allegation, which could not beryllium instantly verified by Reuters.
The immense Nova Kakhovka dam, which blocks the Dnipro stream upstream of Kherson wherever Ukrainian forces person been making advances, has taken connected captious strategical value successful caller weeks.
Both Russia and Ukraine person since October repeatedly accused each of readying to breach the dam utilizing explosives, successful a determination that would flood overmuch of the country downstream successful what would apt origin large demolition astir Kherson city.
Reporting by Reuters, Editing by William Maclean and Hugh Lawson