Kakhovka dam disaster helped Ukrainian troops – Putin

The flooding of the Dnieper blocked Kiev’s forces from crossing and meeting the same grim fate as elsewhere, the Russian president said

Kakhovka dam disaster helped Ukrainian troops – Putin

Kakhovka dam disaster helped Ukrainian troops – Putin

Crossing the Dnieper would have been “really bad” for Kiev’s forces, the Russian president said

Ukraine was to blame for the collapse of the Kakhovka dam, which helped its soldiers avoid a battlefield bloodbath, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

“It is clear who is to blame. The Ukrainian side was aiming for this,” Putin told the war correspondents gathered at the Kremlin. While no large explosions were recorded before the dam collapsed, Kiev’s forces had repeatedly targeted it with US-supplied HIMARS rockets, in an effort to destroy it and cause the Dnieper to flood downstream, he added.

“Unfortunately – this may sound strange, but still – unfortunately, this thwarted their counteroffensive in this direction. Why unfortunately? Because it would’ve been better if they attacked there. Better for us, because it would’ve been very bad for them to attack there. But since the flood occurred, then, accordingly, the offensive did not take place,” the Russian president said.

“massive losses,” Putin told the correspondents. According to Russian estimates, Kiev’s forces lost “at least 160 tanks and 360 armored vehicles” and anywhere between 25% and 30% of all military equipment supplied by the West for the grand offensive.

“There are also losses that we do not see, which are a result of long-range high-precision strikes,” Putin said, estimating Ukraine’s actual losses to be even higher. Meanwhile, Russia has lost around 54 tanks, and its casualties in manpower were “ten times lower” than on the other side, he added.

“Many domestic and wild animals died, unfortunately,” the Russian president said. Moreover, cemeteries and burial grounds for domestic animals were disrupted by floodwaters. Moscow has dispatched chemical and biological defense specialists to deal with the “serious, but solvable” problem, Putin added. All local residents will receive assistance fully in line with Russian law, including compensation for property damage.