Three months after the capture by Russian troops, turbines and installations at a hydraulic power plant in Nova Kagovka, in the Kerson region of southern Ukraine, continue to operate and flow into the Dnieper River.
During a press conference organized by the French Ministry of Defense on the 20th, French Press journalists entered the premises under the permanent supervision of veiled soldiers wearing machine guns.
Many Russian officials have indicated that Russia wants to annex the Ukrainian territories of Gershon and Zaporizhia, creating a causeway that connects Russian territory with Crimea.
The hydraulic power station, still painted in Ukrainian colors, is considered an important “strategic object” that is located far away from the fighting front and further north, but the Russians, who occupy the area, are afraid to “sabotage” it by force.
“Efforts have been made [de sabotadores] The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowd of protesters, “said Vladimir Leondev, a pro-Russian agent appointed by Moscow in charge of civil and military administration in the Kokovka district.
The Kagovka Hydroelectric Dam, built in 1956 during the Soviet era, allows water to flow into the northern Crimean Canal, which begins in southern Ukraine and extends across the peninsula.
But after annexing the Russian territory in 2014, Kiev shut down the dam’s pipes, which caused serious problems in irrigation and access to water in the Crimea.
New pro-Russian officials say water supply to Crimea via the canal resumed in early March and now 1.7 million cubic meters are sent to the peninsula every day.
“A lot of water is flowing into the Crimea. We are currently providing it without asking for money. This is our contribution to compensate for the losses suffered by the Ukrainians and Russians for eight years,” Leondev explained.
In the version of this officer appointed by Moscow, “all employees” of the plant are on site and have been working without interruption since February 24. Civilian personnel are controlled by Russian soldiers.
The plant continues to generate electricity and connect to the Ukrainian integrated phase and distribute it to areas under Kiev’s control and to areas occupied by Moscow.