The dam provides water to the peninsula, and has been targeted by Ukraine’s army already on numerous occasions.
Residents in Simferopol and Yalta have had rationing enforced on them, as authorities struggle to ensure continuing water supplies.
Chuck Pfarrer, a former US SEAL leader and frequent commentator on events in Ukraine, wrote: “UKRAINE’S ACE IN THE HOLE: CRIMEA’S WATER: A recent Ukraine precision strike took out a pumping unit at the dam complex at Nova Kakhovka.
“This was a not so subtle reminder that Ukraine controls the water supply to Russian occupied Crimea.”
A European intelligence analyst also noted: “This is designed to make Russia worry….and they should.”
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