Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone with both Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin and proposed the creation of an international commission to investigate the collapse of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam.
Commenting on the conversation with Erdogan, Zelensky posted on Twitter that he addressed the humanitarian and environmental consequences of the “Russian terrorist act” at the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant, including the risks to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, and delivered a list of urgent needs for Ukraine to address the disaster.
President Erdogan, for his part, told Zelensky that a negotiation method similar to that used to build the agreement for establishing a Black Sea grain corridor could be adopted. The information was released by the office of the Turkish president.
The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, also took advantage of the conversation to reiterate the accusations against Ukraine, classifying the destruction of the dam at the hydroelectric plant as a “barbaric action” by the Kiev authorities.
The Erdogan liaison resulted in Putin’s first public statement on the Kherson dam collapse.
“Kiev authorities, at the suggestion of their Western stewards, are still taking a dangerous gamble on escalating hostilities, committing war crimes, openly using terrorist methods, and organizing sabotage on Russian territory,” Putin said, quoted in a transcript of the conversation released. on the Kremlin website.
After the rupture of the dam at the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric plant, in the district of Nova Kakhovka, a state of emergency was declared this Wednesday morning (7) in the entire region of Kherson. The city of Nova Kakhovka, located about five kilometers from the hydroelectric plant, was practically completely flooded after the rupture of the dam at the hydroelectric plant. According to Moscow-appointed mayor of Nova Kakhovka, Vladimir Leontiev, the water level in the city has risen by more than ten meters.
In addition, the city of Alyoshki, which is located about 60 kilometers from New Kakhovka, is also almost covered with flooding. Several other cities and towns were partially flooded. Pro-Russian and Ukrainian authorities in the Kherson region announced an evacuation. The parties reported no casualties or deaths.
Editing: Thales Schmidt