Ukraine Kakhovka dam explosion: Flooding is devastating wildlife

A partially flooded area of Kherson, Ukraine

A partially flooded area of Kherson, Ukraine

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Flooding caused by the breach of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine will have devastating effects for ecosystems and farms as well civilian populations downstream, according to the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources.

Ukraine and Russia have each accused the other of breaching the dam, which spans the Dnieper river north-west of the city Kherson. The dam has been controlled by Russian forces for more than a year.

When an explosion breached the dam on 6 June, there were over 18 …

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