Russia-Ukraine war live: Kyiv claims it has proof Russia blew up Kakhovka dam
Transcript of conversation Ukraine claims proves Russia blew up Nova Kakhovka dam
Ukraine’s domestic security service (SBU) said earlier on Friday it had intercepted a telephone call proving a Russian “sabotage group” blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric station and dam in southern Ukraine.
A one-and-a-half minute audio clip on its Telegram channel of the alleged conversation featured two unidentified men who appeared to be discussing the fallout from the disaster in Russian.
In the conversation the first speaker starts by saying: “News. Yesterday there was a video in the Telegram channel – a soldier was standing there, his face covered, in his uniform. And he says there is no flooding, that people are living normally. And behind him there is a window and you can see knee-deep water.”
The second speaker says: “It’s funny. Is it about the fact that the hydroelectric power plant was destroyed?”
The conversation continued:
Speaker one: Yeah. The main problem is that the hydropower plant cools their nuclear reactor.
Speaker two: That’s fine. They did it to themselves. It’ll blow up and that’s it.
Speaker one: So our guys did it. It’s not them, it’s ours.
Speaker two: Really, it was ours? They said that the Khokhols [derogatory term for Ukrainians] blew it up.
Speaker one: They didn’t blow it up. Our saboteur group is there. They wanted to cause fear with this dam. It did not go according to the plan. More than they planned.
Speaker two: Yeah, well, naturally. It’s gonna be like Chornobyl, right?
Speaker one: Built in the 1950s. It went down fast, it went down.
Reuters reports the SBU did not offer further details of the conversation or its participants. It said it had opened a criminal investigation into war crimes and “ecocide”.
“The invaders wanted to blackmail Ukraine by blowing up the dam and staged a man-made disaster in the south of our country,” it said in a statement.
Russia and the officials it has imposed in occupied Ukraine have blamed Kyiv for destroying the dam but have offered no evidence, and varying conflicting explanations.
Well I don't know about you, but I'm convinced. An unsourced, audio clip of two unidentified men talking in a completely natural way about who did what when, almost perfectly designed to cast guilt on the "Russian saboteurs". Case closed. I'm the valiant investigative media will be picking this apart shortly......