All Russian unit commanders and direct executors of the destruction of the Kachovka hydroelectric dam, as well as those responsible for the destruction of other civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, will be held accountable under international law.
This is stated in the joint statement by EU High Representative Josep Borrell and EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic on the destruction of the Kachovka dam, published on the website of the European Action Service exterior.
“Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s critical civilian infrastructure reached an unprecedented level today – the Kachovka hydroelectric dam was destroyed. The European Union condemns this attack in the strongest terms. It s This is a new level of Russian atrocities and it may be a violation of international law, especially international humanitarian law,” the statement said.
He noted that flooding downstream was endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians in around 80 settlements, including the city of Kherson. This further complicates the already dire humanitarian situation in these areas.
The document indicates that the drop in the water level of the dam also affects the cooling water of the reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. In this desperate move, Russia is also continuing its reckless nuclear gamble, jeopardizing the proper functioning of the UAE’s security systems, in flagrant violation of previous relevant IAEA resolutions. The statement stresses that such behavior is “irresponsible and totally unacceptable”.
“We are in contact with the Ukrainian authorities to ensure immediate EU assistance. The European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC) is actively monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the national emergency service. “Ukraine emergency. Ukraine can request assistance under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM). We are ready to meet all immediate needs, including food and drinking water” , the statement said.
J. Borrellis and J. Lenartčičius recalled that attacks against critical civilian infrastructure can be considered war crimes.
“We underscore our determination to ensure that all commanders, perpetrators and accomplices of war crimes or the most serious crimes are brought to justice under international law,” the statement said.
“The European Union continues to strongly support Ukraine as much as necessary,” said MM. Borrell and Lenarcic.
Source: The Delfi