Ukraine Demands Accountability After Devastating Dam Disaster: War Crime or Russian Intervention?

Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, just hours after the visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. According to DW News, the Ukrainian military reported that five mortar shells were fired from the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula, hitting a residential building and injuring a woman. The incident marks the latest in a series of escalating tensions between the two countries, as Russia continues its military occupation of Crimea and supports pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, AP has released exclusive drone footage of the collapsed dam in Ukraine, which has caused widespread devastation and left dozens dead. The footage shows no evidence to back Russian claims that the dam was destroyed by Ukrainian military action, instead indicating that poor maintenance and inadequate safety measures were responsible for the disaster. CNN has called for accountability in the wake of the disaster, with an opinion piece stating that the Ukrainian government must investigate the causes of the dam collapse and hold those responsible to account.

Amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia and the disaster at the Nova Kakhovka dam, Al Jazeera English has highlighted the issue of war crimes in Ukraine. The news outlet has argued that blowing up the dam, as some pro-Russian separatists have threatened to do, would constitute a war crime under international law. The article cites a range of legal precedents and argues that those responsible for such an act would be subject to prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

As tensions continue to mount between Ukraine and Russia, the international community will be watching closely to see how the situation develops. With both sides showing no signs of backing down, there are fears that the conflict could escalate further and cause even greater harm to the people of Ukraine.