Russian occupation forces on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine did not evacuate people who did not have a Russian-issued passport.
Source: Ukraine’s National Resistance Center
Details: According to preliminary data, more than 500 residents of the temporarily occupied village of Oleshky on the left (eastern) bank of Kherson Oblast died because of the Russians' blowing up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant.
The people died because the Russians refused to evacuate those who did not have a Russian-issued passport.
Quote: "Violating all norms of international humanitarian law and ordinary humanity, the Russians simply left the locals to die. The actions of Russians against civilians have all the hallmarks of genocide, and anyone who joined the abuse of Ukrainians will be justly punished.
The Center of National Resistance appeals to the local population with a request to report the available information about persons who were involved in the blowing up of hydroelectric power stations or harassment of civilians in the [temporarily occupied territories – ed.], to our Telegram bot."
- On the night of 5-6 June 2023, the Russian occupiers blew up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant that was mined last year, destroying the turbine hall and the plant itself, which is beyond repair now. The draining of the Kakhovka reservoir threatens the safety of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
- The explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant caused an environmental disaster. Water from the reservoir flooded towns and villages, and evacuations began.
- The media reported that US intelligence indicated Russia was most likely involved in the explosion. US satellites also recorded an explosion at the Kakhovka HPP shortly before it was destroyed.
- The International Criminal Court (ICC) begun an investigation into the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP by the Russians, with ICC representatives visiting Kherson Oblast.
- Russia has refused to allow a humanitarian mission from the UN to reach the people on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast who have suffered as a result of the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP).
- As of 18 June 2023, at least 17 people were killed after the blowing up of the Kakhovka HPP, and 31 more people are missing.