Russia’s Drowned-Earth Strategy

A view from the roof of residential building on flooded area of Kherson, Ukraine, on June 7, 2023. As a result of the destruction of the Kakhovka dam, about 80 settlements, including Kherson, are threatened with flooding.

The sentiment was echoed by Ukrainian internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko, who told Newsweek that the destruction of the dam “is a signal that Russia uses ‘scorched-earth’ tactics.”

“Russian authorities are not able to calculate the consequences of their actions but they most definitely do not care about the life and future well-being of their civilians,” Gerashchenko said, “not just Ukrainians—their own population, too.”

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