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UN questions Russian war crime: doubts over dam destruction

UN questions Russian war crime: doubts over dam destruction The UN has not noticed any signs of a war crime in the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP (Vitaliy Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

UN Human Rights Office is currently unable to assess whether the blow up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant is considered a war crime committed by Russians, according to Jeremy Laurence, a representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as reported by Handelsblatt.

"As the circumstances of the incident remain unclear it is premature to consider whether a war crime may have been committed," spokesman Jeremy Laurence said in Geneva commenting on the destruction of the dam in the Kherson region.

He also reiterated the call for an independent, impartial, thorough, and transparent investigation into the incident. Laurence said that all requests to visit the territories of Ukraine under Russian occupation have been denied.

Explosion at the Kakhovka HPP

In the early morning of June 6, Russian occupiers detonated mines, causing the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant and the subsequent flooding of several settlements in the Kherson region.

At least nine people have died so far as a result of the incident in the temporarily occupied Oleshky.

Russian propaganda has started blaming Ukraine, claiming that the dam was destroyed by a missile strike. However, engineering experts have already refuted this version, stating that such consequences could only be caused by a powerful internal explosion.