Russian attack on Dnipro HPP is consequence of weak international response to destruction of Kakhovka Dam, says Ukrhydroenergo head

Dnipro HPP
Dnipro HPP

The March 22 Russian attack on the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Station (DHPP) is the result of the international community's inadequate and insufficient response to the environmental disaster caused by Russia’s destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in June 2023, Ukrhydroenergo head Ihor Syrota said on national television on March 22.

“If there had been a proper assessment, sanctions and proper decisions, the enemy would not have dared to fire missiles at hydroelectric facilities,” he stated.

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He also expressed concern that the Russians may have planned to completely destroy the Dnipro plant, which could lead to widespread flooding throughout the area – including around the occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). Flooding the ZNPP raises the risk of a nuclear incident, Ukraine’s nuclear operator, Energoatom, stated earlier.

Ukrhydroenergo experts are currently assessing the damage caused by the missile attack, which has resulted in significant damage and loss of reconstructed and modernized equipment.

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The company plans to provide the world community with comprehensive information on the extent of the damage through a live broadcast.

"Today we pause for maximum evaluation (of damage), and tomorrow we will start broadcasting and show all our partners what happened directly from the plant," he said.

Earlier, Syrota said that the fire at the DHPP had been contained.

Ukrhydroenergo reported that despite the strike, there was no threat of dam breach. Both power stations - HPP-1 and HPP-2 - are currently out of operation. The condition of HPP-2 is critical and needs to be restored.

The police reported that traffic through the Dnipro HPP has been completely stopped.

The attack on the DHPP marks the most substantial strike on a facility thus far, with Russia aiming to completely disable the plant, said the CEO of Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian national grid operator, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi.

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According to the prosecutor's office, at least one person was killed in the attack on the Dnipro plant.

Earlier, Yuriy Belousov, a spokesman for the Prosecutor General's Office, said eight missiles hit the plant.

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