Von der Leyen: Russia will have to pay for war crimes in Ukraine

Ursula von der Leyen/ PhotoBRITTA PEDERSEN / AFP / Profimedia

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Layen, said Russia "will have to pay for war crimes committed in Ukraine" after the collapse of the Novaya Kakhovka dam, which Kiev blamed on Russian forces and Washington said it was still determining who was responsible.

- The destruction of the dam, an unprecedented attack on civilian infrastructure, puts thousands of people in danger in the Kherson region. Europe is mobilizing support through the Civil Protection Mechanism. We are coordinating with member countries for prompt delivery of pumps, fire hoses, water filters. We stand by Ukraine as long as necessary, Von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Mezzola, condemned the attack, noting that Ukrainian children, women and men will suffer the consequences of the terrible destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant.

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