Ukrainian And Western Officials Blame Russia For Dam Destruction

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Ukrainian and Western officials place the blame squarely on Russia for the partial destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “Russia has been controlling the dam and the entire Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant for more than a year. It is physically impossible to blow it up somehow from the outside, by shelling. It was mined by the Russian occupiers. And they blew it up.” EU chief Charles Michel called it a “war crime,” while NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the dam breach was “outrageous.” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that the U.S. “cannot say conclusively what happened at this point,” but other U.S. officials said intelligence leans towards Russian responsibility. Russia maintains that the dam was partially destroyed by “multiple strikes” coming from Ukrainian forces. Last December Ukraine’s Major General Andrey Kovalchuk said that blowing up the dam could be done as “last resort” to halt Russian advances in Ukraine.