The partial destruction of a dam in Ukraine “certainly (caused) many deaths”, according to a spokesman for the White House who indicated that he had no “definitive conclusion on this happened.”
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also warned of a “devastating” impact on Ukraine's energy security .
The Russians and the Ukrainians blame each other for the partial destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam in southern Ukraine.
“We are still trying to understand what happened, but the Russians had illegally taken over this dam and reservoir several months ago and they were occupying it when the explosion happened,” he said.
“It is very clear that the deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructure is not authorized by the laws of war,” added John Kirby.
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