Norwegian scientists claim that they have proof that the dam near Kherson was blown up
The cause of the Kakhovka dam explosion near Kherson is still unclear, but new evidence is emerging about how it was damaged.
Seismic signals recorded in Bukovina, Romania, 620 kilometers (372 miles) away from Nova Cahovka, indicated that the explosion occurred at 02:54 a.m. on Tuesday, Norwegian seismologists found.
Scientists from Nosar, a Norwegian seismological organization, say the time and place coincide with the collapse of the dam, the BBC reports, adding that only a very large amount of explosives could have produced a signal detected almost 650 kilometers away.
From the beginning, Ukraine accused Russia of blowing up the dam.
They say they now have evidence to support that charge, with their Homeland Security Service claiming to have intercepted a phone conversation between two Russian-speaking men who said the dam breach was the result of the activities of a Russian sabotage group.
Moscow, on the other hand, denied that it was to blame. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it an act of "sabotage" that would leave the Crimean peninsula, an area annexed by Russia in 2014, without water.
Analysts believe that the destruction of the dam by placing explosives inside is a much more likely scenario, which is contributed by the fact that the dam was completely under the control of Russian forces before its destruction.