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AP: Russia Vastly Understated Death Toll from Floods Unleashed by Ukraine Dam Breach

HeadlineDec 28, 2023

An Associated Press investigation has found Russian occupation authorities vastly and deliberately undercounted the number of people killed by severe flooding that followed the catastrophic explosion last June at the Nova Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro River in the southern Kherson region. Ukraine blames Russian forces for blowing up the dam to counter Ukraine’s planned counteroffensive. Russia claims 59 people died in the disaster, but an AP report puts the true number far higher, with hundreds dead in the Russian-occupied town of Oleshky alone.

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced a military aid package to Ukraine worth $250 million, including air defense systems, rockets for mobile launchers, anti-armor munitions and millions of rounds of ammunition. It’s the last aid package to Ukraine the U.S. will provide unless Congress approves the Biden administration’s request for billions of dollars in additional funding to Ukraine.

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