This satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC shows an overview of the damage on the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Video. Watch: Kakhovka Dam destruction leads to huge floods around Kherson

Ukraine accused Russian forces on Tuesday of blowing up a major dam and hydroelectric power station in a part of southern Ukraine that Russia controls.

Ukraine accused Russian forces on Tuesday of blowing up a major dam and hydroelectric power station in a part of southern Ukraine that Russia controls.

The Soviet-era Kakhovka Dam was blown up early Tuesday morning, unleashing a significant amount of water now flowing free through the dam and the hydroelectric power plant.  

Hundreds of thousands of residents downriver were ordered to evacuate over fears of a huge flood.

Russian officials countered that the dam was damaged by Ukrainian military strikes in the contested area.

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