June 6, 2023 News Russia-Ukraine (2023)

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10:33 PM ET, June 6, 2023

It's after midnight in Kiev. Here's what you need to know:

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Nova Kakhovka, a large dam and hydroelectric plant in the southern Kherson region under Russian occupation,a malfunction occurredearly Tuesday.

The breach could be what the United Nations development aid chief called "the worst incident of damage to civil infrastructure"Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine."

The incident led to mass evacuations, flooding and fears of major devastation. This was reported by the Nova Kakhovka Zoo300 animals diedTuesday after the collapse.

Ukrainian troopswitnessed the cleansing of Russian soldiersAn officer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that he was caught in a flood and fled from the eastern bank of the Dnipro River after the collapse. Many Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in the chaos, the officer said.

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pointing fingersBoth Kiev and Moscowblamed each otheralthough I'm behind the big dam burstIt is not clear whether the dam was deliberately attackedor whether the collapse was the result of structural failure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saidhas describedThe collapse was described as an "ecological bomb of mass destruction", while Russia's foreign ministry said it was caused by an "act of sabotage" by Ukraine. Deputy US Ambassador Robert Wood added his voice:chargeRussia's war in Ukraine is responsible for catastrophic damage after the break.

Consequences of the dam collapse.In a front-line city like Kherson – where the shelling is constant – the water is risingcarries an additional risk. This was announced by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).close cooperationwith humanitarian partners to help those affected by the floods due to the collapsed dam. There are several Ukrainian regions that receive part of their water supply from the reservoir of the Nova Kakhovka damMake efforts to conserve water. British Intelligencecollapse investigationPrime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday, according to British PA Media. And according to Ukraine's nuclear regulatory agency, there are problems with the collapseIt can be avoidedin the Zaporizhia power plant if "necessary measures are taken".

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Financial aid to Ukraine.Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he believes Congress willallocate more moneyfor Ukraine, despite spokesman Kevin McCarthy's warning that more war funding should fall under the new budget limitsLaw on the debt ceilingMoreover, Ukraine is waiting for final agreements with its alliesMobile van F-16 jetsZelenskyj told reporters on Tuesday.

Development of the North Stream gas pipeline.Last year, the USA received information from a European ally that the Ukrainian army was thereplan an attackon the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines three months before they were hit, threeUS officials told CNN. FromThe attack on the pipelines last Septembercondemned by both US officials and Western allies as sabotage of critical infrastructure. It is currently being studied by other European countries.

6:54 a.m. ET, June 6, 2023

The demolition of the Nova Kakhovka dam poses an additional danger to the endangered city of Kherson, the official says

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In a front-line city like Kherson, which is under constant bombardment, the rising waters pose an additional threat.

"This is both a water element and a mine danger, because there are mines floating here and this area is under constant fire," Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the military administration of the Kherson region, told CNN. "We will work day and night, the rescuers will not rest. We change shifts and pick people up if necessary."

Prokudin, who is overseeing rescue efforts in towns downstream from Nowa Kakhovka, said the operation has become more difficult over time as the floods continue to intensify.

"If in the morning we were able to drive cars, then trucks, now we see that big cars can no longer pass," he explained. "The water has risen so much that we are now sailing in boats. About eight boats of various types are currently deployed to evacuate people from the area.”

Artillery fire could be heard occasionally, but search and rescue operations continued, and soldiers and emergency services were undeterred by the constant pounding.

The large presence of soldiers and emergency services is in stark contrast to the few Kherson residents on the streets. Many fled when Russia first invaded, and officials say most have still not returned to the Ukrainian-controlled city. Those who stay in the city know to take shelter in the afternoon when Russian artillery fire often increases.

"It's always very dangerous here. This checkpoint is under fire most of the time," Produkin said. "You see the crowd and I think the goal is going to happen soon."

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6:18 PM ET, June 6, 2023

British intelligence services are investigating the collapse of a dam in Ukraine, the prime minister said

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British intelligence agencies are investigating the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday, British PA Media reports.

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"Our military and intelligence agencies are currently reviewing the matter, so it's too early to prejudge and make a final judgment," Sunak told reporters while traveling to Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden, reports PA Media.
"But what I can say is that if it was intentional, I think it would be the biggest attack on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine since the start of the war and would only highlight the new lows we're seeing because of Russian aggression." He continued. "Attacks on civilian infrastructure are appalling and wrong. We've seen cases like this before in this conflict, but it's too early to make a definitive statement."

Asked if he would discuss the issue with Biden at their meeting Thursday, Sunak said, "Of course I will talk to President Biden about Ukraine in general, but the immediate response is humanitarian."

"We have already allocated funds and resources to support the UN and the Red Cross in response to situations like this," Sunak added. "And now they're able to focus those resources on humanitarian response and evacuation in that area specifically as a result of the event."

6:27 a.m. ET, June 6, 2023

Intel shows Ukrainian military planning attack on Nord Stream pipelines, US officials say

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Last year, the USA received information from a European ally that the Ukrainian army was thereplan an attackThree months before the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipeline, three US officials told CNN.

FromThe attack on the pipelines last Septembercondemned by both US officials and Western allies as sabotage of critical infrastructure. It is currently being studied by other European countries.

The intelligence rating wasfirst reported by the Washington Postwho allegedly obtained the document from a collection of secret documentsleaked on social networksPlatforma Discord vrata Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira.

CNN has not seen the document, but three officials confirmed that the US had been briefed on Ukraine's plans.

According to the Post, the intelligence agency quoted a source in Ukraine as saying that Western allies had "reason to suspect Kiev of sabotage" for nearly a year. The intelligence agency said those who may have been responsible reported directly to Ukraine's commander-in-chief Valery Zaluzhny, "who was charged with keeping Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from knowing about the operation," the Post reported.

However, the intelligence agency also said that the Ukrainian military operation had been put "on hold".

CNN has reached out to the Ukrainian government for comment.

John Kirby, the White House National Security Council's coordinator for strategic communications, declined to comment directly on Tuesday.

"I think you know there are three countries that are investigating Nord Stream sabotage - and we're calling it sabotage right now - Germany, Sweden and Denmark. This investigation is ongoing and the last thing we want from this floor is an investigation into it," Kirby said. .

The news comes less than a year laterLeaks from underwater explosionswere discovered in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, which transport gas from Russia to the European Union and pass under the Baltic Sea. The pipelines were controversial in Ukraine before the war began, raising concerns about Europe's dependence on Russian gas.

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6:05 a.m. ET, June 6, 2023

According to the Ministry of Defense, 300 animals in zoos died in dam floods in Ukraine

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Flooding caused by a collapsed Ukrainian dam killed 300 animals at a zoo in Novaya Kakhovka, Ukraine's defense ministry tweeted on Tuesday.

"This is ecocide," said the ministry. "The Russians want to destroy everything alive."
6:12 PM ET, June 6, 2023

Ukrainian regions dependent on the Nova Kakhovka reservoir implement detailed water conservation measures

By CNN's Yulia Kesaieva and Jo Shelley

Several Ukrainian regions get part of their water supply from reservoirsStaudamm Nova Kakhovka, which collapsed overnight, are making efforts to conserve water.

It's meregio DnepropetrovskLocal authorities called on people in the districts of Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih - which are partially supplied from reservoirs - to "stock up technical and drinking water". Serhii Lysak, Ukraine's regional governor, clarified on Telegram that "both of them now have water."

About 70 percent of the city of Kryvyi Rih is supplied from reservoirs, Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the city's military administration, said on his Telegram channel, adding that the situation there was difficult but under control.

Vilkul listed a number of measures to save water, including reducing water pressure at night, asking companies to limit consumption and banning the use of hoses.

"We realized the risks of lack of water from Kachowka a year ago and have already implemented an extensive list of technical measures to ensure urban life in these conditions, which now gives us an advantage," he said.

It's meNikopolis districtAccording to the municipality, all water companies are working normally.

Officials are asking people not to use their water supplies "as long as there is water on tap and in stores." This is your supply for the period when the water runs out and the water begins to flow. Of course, if such a moment comes.'

In the part under Ukrainian administrationregio Saporischschja, According to Yuriy Malashko, head of the regional military administration of Ukraine, only one settlement can cope with water supply problems. This would only be the case if the water level fell below 14 meters. In that case, according to Malaschko, cisterns would be used to supply drinking water.

6:06 a.m. ET, June 6, 2023

The Speaker of the House of Foreign Affairs rejects the Republican Senate's call for a separate funding package for Ukraine

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Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he believes Congress will allocate more money to Ukraine, even though Speaker Kevin McCarthy has warned that more money for the war should fall under the new budget limits.Law on the debt ceiling.

Republican critics of the Senate bill say funding for the Pentagon is inadequate and are urging Congress to pass a new separate spending package — known on Capitol Hill as the Supplement — to help Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Maar McCarthypoured with cold waterto calls for adjournment, and McCaul seemed to side with the speaker.

"If your first process is 'I need an amendment,' you're not paying attention, not to yourself, but to the senators, you're not paying attention to how the system works," McCaul said. “We will go through the approval process and finalize the figures we just agreed upon. The idea that they think they're getting around the problem isn't going to work."

McCaul also called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to provide Ukraine with more funding from the funds already approved by Congress.

"I just had a briefing with some Ukrainian soldiers and they are, you know, ready to launch this counter-offensive and my criticism of the government is that they haven't given them everything they need," he said. "You will not be able to hit the Crimea with long-range artillery. Now Britain, the British and the French have done it. They need a cartridge, and we are not giving them. Finally, the F-16s are in danger, under pressure from the G7, but they do not have pilots, it takes three to six months."
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5:50 PM ET, June 6, 2023

The collapse of the dam could mean the worst damage to civilian infrastructure since the start of the war, according to the UN

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According to Martin Griffiths, the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam could be "the largest incident of damage to civilian infrastructure" since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Response Coordinator.

The dam is the region's lifeline as the main source of water for millions of people in Kherson and in the Dnieper and Zaporizhia districts, he said, and the main source of agricultural irrigation in southern Kherson and the Crimean peninsula - affecting agriculture. and food production.

Griffiths added that serious consequences are expected in the territories under Russian occupation, which are still difficult for humanitarian agencies to access.

The UN assistant chief also said in a speech to the Security Council on Tuesday that the fast-flowing water poses a risk of contamination by mines and explosives, moving missiles into areas previously considered safe.

Griffiths pointed to the impact of the dam's demolition on electricity production and the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

"The damage caused by the collapse of the dam means that life becomes unbearably difficult for those already suffering from the conflict," Griffiths said. "If we can't get help to the millions of people affected by the floods in these areas, the consequences will be huge, potentially catastrophic."

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