One week before the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant was blown up, Russian authorities authorised the non-investigation of accidents at hazardous facilities that occurred because of "military operations" and terrorist attacks. The decision also applies to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine which the Russian Federation considers its own.
Details: The document was signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and came into force on the day of its publication, 31 May.
The Insider notes that accidents are mentioned in the last paragraph of Resolution No. 873 "On the specifics of applying the provisions of the legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of industrial safety at hazardous production facilities and ensuring the safety of hydraulic structures in the territories of the Donetsk People's Republic, Luhansk People's Republic, Zaporizhzhia Oblast and Kherson Oblast".
Quote from the document: "Until 1 January 2028, technical investigations shall not be carried out into accidents at hazardous production facilities and accidents at hydraulic structures that occurred as a result of military operations, sabotage and acts of terrorism."
Details: The document also contains clauses stating that until 1 September 2023 and 1 March 2024, some provisions of the Russian laws "On industrial safety at hazardous production facilities" and "On the safety of hydraulic structures" will not apply to facilities in the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic", "Luhansk People's Republic", and temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts.
- On the morning of 6 June, Ukraine’s Operational Command Pivden (South) reported that the Russian occupation forces had blown up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), with Kherson Oblast Military Administration confirming this information. The dam and engine room of the hydroelectric power station were completely destroyed. There is a fast inflow of water. The hydroelectric power station is beyond repair.
- Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Oblast Military Administration, noted that the evacuation of the local population from dangerous areas has begun.
- The power supply has been cut off in the Korabel district of the city of Kherson due to the flooding that occurred after the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station was blown up by the Russians.
- As of 07:30 on 6 June, eight settlements and one microdistrict in the city of Kherson have been completely or partially flooded due to the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station being blown up by the Russian invaders.
- Zelenskyy called an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defence Council to address the blowing up of the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- The Armed Forces of Ukraine say that the Russians blowing up the Kakhovka power plant will not prevent the defence forces from continuing to liberate the occupied territories.