“Putin moved on from genocide to ecocide”

Free Russia Forum statement on the undermining of the Kakhovka HPP

Blowing up the Kakhovka HPP dam is an act of desperation by Putin’s regime. The threat of a Ukrainian counterattack, which Putin has nothing to counter, forced him to commit another war crime, this time directed not only against people, but also against nature. From genocide, Putin naturally moved on to ecocide.

As a result of the terrorist attack, thousands of homes in dozens of settlements have already been flooded, thousands of Ukrainian people have been forced to evacuate, and the threat of dangerous chemicals and pathogens of infectious diseases entering wells and open bodies of water has emerged. The catastrophe at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant actually left a large part of the irrigation systems in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions without water, which can lead to the fact that the fields in the south of Ukraine will turn into a desert as early as next year. Russia-occupied Crimea also risks being left without water.

It is obvious that Putin, by taking such desperate steps, is once again trying to play the madman with a grenade. Blowing up the Kakhovka HPP is yet another act of international blackmail, which Putin is so fond of resorting to in his confrontation with civilized humanity. The Russian dictator is trying to demonstrate his willingness to take any extreme measures in order to start negotiating with him – on his terms.

But there can be no bargaining with him. Putin has gone so far that any agreement with him will look like a concession to his blackmail. A concession that would allow him to increase the pressure – to get more results. Going along with Putin after he has committed so many crimes, including blowing up the Kakhovka dam, will only provoke him to further crimes.

The pressure on Putin’s regime must be increased and aid to Ukraine must be increased. Putin’s invading army must be defeated, the occupiers must be expelled from Ukrainian territory, and the criminal Putin regime in Russia itself must be subjected to the most severe sanctions, which will make it impossible to continue the aggression and accelerate the collapse of the dictatorship.

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