CNN: Many Russian soldiers drowned after the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam
Ukrainian soldiers allegedly witnessed how Russian troops from the left bank of the Dnieper River were swept away by the flood caused by the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine, CNN reported today.
According to Capt Andrey Pidlisny, many of the Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in the utter chaos that followed the collapse of the dam.
"On Tuesday morning, no one from the Russian side was able to escape. "All the regiments of the Russians on the other side of the river were flooded," he said.
Pidlisnyi believes the Russians deliberately attacked the dam to disrupt plans for an upcoming offensive by Ukrainian forces.
Numerous Russian forces were stationed on the left bank of the Dnieper, who did not know that the dam was collapsing and failed to save themselves. According to the Ukrainians, they were not warned that they were badly written, probably because the Russian commanders wanted to "play on the element of surprise".
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Ukraine believes that Russia deliberately blew up the dam, while the Kremlin says that Kiev's forces carried out the attack.
There is still no evidence to conclusively support either side's claims, while analysis of videos from the dam, the subsequent breach and, in particular, examination of satellite images suggest that the collapse may have been the result of structural damage since the Russians occupied the dam last March.