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Aerial photos from the half-destroyed Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region. The mighty structure that damms the Dnieper River broke on Tuesday night. The cause is still unclear. According to Ukraine, the dam was blown up by Russian forces. It is located in the Russian-controlled part of the region.

However, the Russian occupiers reject the accusations of a demolition and blamed Ukrainian shelling for the damage to the Kakhovka dam.

The dam on the Dnieper, more than three kilometers long, was built in the fifties as part of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. According to both warring parties, the power plant was also destroyed.

In the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, tens of thousands of people are said to be affected by the dam failure. The evacuation of the surrounding localities has already begun, according to the governor of the Kherson region.