According to the Foreign Secretary, the destruction of a significant dam in Ukraine is a “catastrophe” and a “abhorrent act”.
A significant dam and hydroelectric power plant were blown up, according to Ukraine, in a region of southern Ukraine that Russia controls.
Authorities in Ukraine have ordered hundreds of thousands of citizens to leave their homes in the downstream areas as a result of the breach, which has been dubbed a “ecological disaster” by officials.
Russian officials assert that Ukrainian military strikes in the disputed territory caused damage to the dam on the Dnipro River.
James Cleverly tweeted: “The destruction of Kakhovka dam is an abhorrent act,” the Foreign Secretary said.
“Intentionally attacking exclusively civilian infrastructure is a war crime.
“The UK stands ready to support Ukraine and those affected by this catastrophe.”
The foreign minister paid a visit to Kyiv this week, where he met with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his colleague, Dmytro Kuleba.
There are worries that the dam’s damage could have wide-ranging effects, including flooding of nearby homes, streets, and businesses; a decrease in water levels upstream, which helps cool Europe’s largest nuclear power plant; and a decrease in drinking water supplies in Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed.
According to Mr. Zelensky, he called a National Security Council urgent meeting. He said that 80 communities were in danger after a bomb within the dam was set off by Russian military.
The destruction of Kakhovka dam is an abhorrent act.
Intentionally attacking exclusively civilian infrastructure is a war crime.
The UK stands ready to support Ukraine and those affected by this catastrophe.
— James Cleverly🇬🇧 (@JamesCleverly) June 6, 2023