Three confirmations of guilt in undermining the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station by one of the parties to the military conflict in Ukraine were published on June 9.
The SBU released an interception of a telephone conversation, which claims that the hydroelectric power station was blown up by a Russian sabotage group. Message from the Security Service of Ukraine published in the Telegram channel. A fragment of a conversation recording, where one of the interlocutors speaks, describing the destruction caused by the explosion:
“It wasn’t them (the Ukrainian side) who did it. Our sabotage group was there. They wanted to scare them with this dam. It didn’t go according to plan, but more than they planned.”
The SBU opened criminal proceedings on the fact of a war crime of the Russian Federation. The investigation was launched under two articles of the Criminal Code – Art. 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war) and Art. 441 (ecocide).
The explosion at the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, which occurred shortly before its destruction, was recorded by American satellites, informs New York Times, citing a US presidential administration official. According to him, satellites equipped with infrared sensors detected a thermal signature, which is characteristic of a powerful explosion, just before the hydroelectric dam collapsed.
The interlocutor of the publication noted that American intelligence analysts are inclined to believe that Russia is behind the destruction. At the same time, he added that US intelligence agencies still do not have conclusive evidence of who exactly is responsible.
An administration official did not rule out that previous damage to the dam or rising water pressure could have contributed to the destruction, but US officials believe an explosion – whether intentional or accidental – was the most likely cause of the disaster.
At the same time, Norwegian seismologists recorded evidence that the Kakhovskaya HPP had been blown up. Scientists from NORSAR, a Norwegian research organization that studies seismic phenomena, said the dam at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station had been blown up. This is indicated by signals of seismological activity at the approximate time of its destruction. The explosion was estimated at almost 2 points, says on the Norsar website.
The researchers say data from regional seismic stations show clear seismic signals on Tuesday June 6 at 02:54 local time. The organization’s website says:
“The time and place (coordinates: 46.7776, 33.37) coincide with media reports about the collapse of the Kakhovka dam. Signals indicate an explosion.”
The seismic magnitude of the incident at NORSAR was estimated to be between magnitude 1 and magnitude 2. According to the sensitivity study of the Romanian seismic array in Bukovina BURAR, which recorded the event, such a low magnitude lies on the verge of instrument sensitivity.