Just as the West’s tepid response to the Russian take-over of Crimea in 2016 led to the full-scale invasion of the entire country in 2022, now the West’s flaccid reaction to the Russian destruction of the Kakhovka dam is encouraging the Russians to go all-out with a radioactive disaster at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).
Western governments and media held off judgement on who was responsible for the dam’s destruction. “It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the destruction of the Kakhovka dam and electric plant,” opined the New York Times.
“Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of blowing up Nova Kakhovka dam,” offered NBC News.
“It was not possible to reconcile the conflicting claims,” stated AP.
“White House still evaluating if Russia caused explosion,” offered White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
The entire Western community has been quiet. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that he is shocked by the reaction of the UN and the Red Cross to the blowing up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) by the Russian occupiers: “We have not received a single response [to Ukraine’s requests for help.”
No wonder Putin thinks he can get away with anything! If this is the reaction to an obvious Russian attack, then exploding a radioactive cloud over the area will cause only a mild flutter of “we can’t tell who did it” from Western ‘leaders’.
Let’s review what happened at the dam:
The dam was destroyed from the center, not from an outside explosion. Destruction on that scale would require the use of hundreds of pounds of explosives even from the inside, carefully placed; it would be impossible to achieve from Ukrainian forces on the outside short of a bombing run by a flight of B-52s. Only from the inside could the force of the explosion be exerted against the entire structure.
The dam was in Russian hands at the time. Only they could have placed the charges. Early reports indicate that the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant was blown up by the 205th Separate Cossack Motor Rifle Brigade of the Russian armed forces.