A former Pentagon analyst and whistleblower sounded the alarm over Ukraine’s “terror attack” on the Novaya Kakhovka dam Tuesday, warning it could risk a nuclear meltdown due to the dam’s role in cooling the nearby Zaporozhye Nuclear Plant.
Ukraine and Russia accused each other of destroying the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant’s (HPP) dam, located in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, prompting mass evacuations of numerous towns downstream.
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski believes Ukraine is responsible for the dam’s destruction given its well-documented history of false flag and terror attacks.
“It was shocking to see the video of the damaged dam, and more shocking to realize not just the potential for downstream damage to people, but the damage that may have been done to water supplies needed to cool the Zaporozhye Nuclear Plant,” Kwiatkowski told Sputnik on Tuesday.
“Like many Americans, I may have underestimated the Ukrainian leadership’s desire to physically harm and destroy the Russian-controlled and populated regions in the east.”
“This attack, like other recent actions of Ukraine, have all the characteristics of a terror attack, impacting civilians and civilian life, and not geared towards recovering lost land or assets, but destroying them,” she added.
Kwiatkowski noted Ukraine’s recent continuous shelling of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Plant in recent weeks despite the clear nuclear disaster risks.
“Kiev has since has become even more radical, aiming to directly destroy agricultural production, urban populations and industry, transportation, and energy supply,” the retired lieutenant colonel said. “The destruction of part of the dam in Kakhovka combines Ukrainian intent in all four of these aims with a single set of strikes.”
The Ukrainian government engaged in a series of asymmetrical warfare tactics and terror attacks against civilian populations, especially in recent weeks ahead of its much-touted “counteroffensive.”
Earlier last year, Ukraine waged bombing attacks on the Crimean Bridge and Russia’s Saki Air Base on the western coast of Crimea, an August 2022 car bomb that killed Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin’s daughter Daria Dugina, and an April 2023 café bombing of a pro-Russian blogger in St. Petersburg.
Most famously, Ukraine was likely involved in the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines last year.
Ukraine stepped up its attacks in recent weeks and days, shelling Russia’s Belgorod region and launching drone attacks on Russian cities – including on the Kremlin itself.
Despite these facts, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby claimed Tuesday the White House “has reason to believe” Russia was responsible for the attack on the dam.
John Kirby says the White House has reason to believe Russia was behind the explosion at a major dam in Southern Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/jnETg0pGqH
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But a reporter called out Kirby’s statement, dubious about the strategic advantage Russia would have bombing a dam it occupied to destroy its own ethnic villages, prompting him to immediately backtrack and claim the Biden administration made no conclusions.