Members of Ukrainian nationalist formations planted explosives on the dam of the reservoir of the Kurakhovskaya thermal power plant (TPP) in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in order to blame the Russian military for blowing up the dam. On May 7, the head of the National Center for Defense Control of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, made a corresponding statement.
“In the Pokrovsky district of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Ukrainian armed groups mined the dam of the reservoir of the Kurakhovskaya thermal power plant, which the nationalists plan to blow up, blaming it on “supposedly advancing units of Russian troops,” Mizintsev said.
The colonel-general stressed that in the event of a TPP explosion, at least 10 settlements with a population of about 7,000 people would be flooded. In addition, the lack of water at the thermal power plant due to the destruction of the reservoir will lead to overheating of the equipment at the thermal power plant and stop its operation, which can deprive most of the DNR of electricity.
On May 7, Izvestia correspondent Alexander Safiulin said that Ukrainian militants at Azovstal thwarted the evacuation of civilians. Probably, the regime of silence established to save civilians was again used by the militants for their own purposes.
On May 6, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the evacuation of 50 civilians from the plant. Residents who left the enterprise said that they were not allowed to leave the territory of the plant. The impediment to evacuation was allegedly due to a threat to their safety.
In Ukraine, the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass continues, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The key goals of the Russian military are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. This is necessary to ensure the security of the Russian state and people. Moscow also emphasized that it does not hatch plans for the occupation of Ukraine, and strikes are carried out on military facilities.
In Ukraine and in the Donbass, the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the population of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics continues, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. Moscow explained that its tasks include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. On April 19, the Russian side announced the start of the next stage of the military operation – “the complete liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.”
The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to Russia and turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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