STATEMENT of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine on the environmental disaster caused by the blasting of the Kakhovka HPP by the Russian invaders

On June 6, 2023, Russia demonstrated another outrageous act of barbarity and terrorism in its war against Ukraine. Russia followed through on its threats to terrorize Ukraine and the world for a year by blowing up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, which was mined immediately after it was seized in April 2022.

The destruction of one of the largest reservoirs in Ukraine is the largest man-made disaster in Europe. It is a Russian crime that environmentalists compare to an atomic bomb explosion or an accident at a nuclear power plant.

At least 100,000 people lived in these areas before the Russian invasion. At least tens of thousands remain there today. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left without normal access to drinking water. Ukrainian emergency services, all those who can help people, are already involved. Ukrainian authorities can only help on the territory controlled by Ukraine. On the parts occupied by Russia, the occupiers are not even trying to help people evacuate. This once again demonstrates the cynicism of the terrorist nation.

The consequences of the destruction could be catastrophic. According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, as a result of the enemy's explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, the area affected and flooded is currently 1126 sq.km. About 80 settlements are in the flood zone. On the right bank of the Dnipro River, 20 settlements and more than 1,900 houses are flooded. Water continues to arrive, most of all on the occupied left bank of the Dnipro. Due to the lack of communication, it is not even possible to assess the extent of the damage.

More than 60 educational institutions are under threat. The explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant could lead to the flooding of about 27 pre-schools, 15 schools, 6 vocational and 15 higher education institutions, as well as 2 scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Some of these institutions are located in the temporarily occupied territories.

Those people who are currently in the flooded area, including teachers, researchers and students, are forced to leave their homes and move to safe places. People are taking out their animals and helping each other to survive.

The occupiers' mines are still detonating in the water near the destroyed dam. The explosions and flooding provoked catastrophic consequences for the flora and fauna of Ukraine, the death of thousands of animals in the area.

The water sweeps away everything in its path - cesspools, cattle cemeteries, cemeteries. Tons of engine oil got into the water and mixed with wastewater to pollute the Dnipro River.

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant could turn fields in southern Ukraine into deserts next year. 94% of irrigation systems in Kherson region, 74% in Zaporizhzhia region, and 30% in Dnipropetrovsk region could be left without a water source, undermining global food security and potentially leading to famine in countries around the world, especially in Africa.

Ukraine has been warning of a possible catastrophe for a year now and has been demanding that world politicians send an international mission to the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. Now Ukraine is once again demanding action from the world. Russia is a terrorist state that bears full responsibility for the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam and the environmental disaster in Ukraine.

The world must respond with actions, not words.

The Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine strongly condemns Russia's terrorist acts on the territory of independent Ukraine and against its people and calls on the international education community to resist Russian propaganda around the world and continue to support the Ukrainian people.

  Bureau of the Trade Union 

of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine

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