A video shows the moment when the Ukrainian dam Nova Kakhovka was blown up.
After the Nova Kakhovka dam in Ukraine collapsed, social media users circulated a video purporting to show the exact moment of the dam's explosion.
Both pro-Ukrainian and Russian accounts are pointing fingers at each other, alleging responsibility for the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam.
Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.
Following a thorough reverse image search, Misbar's team discovered that the viral video was outdated.
The Video Predates the Nova Kakhovka Dam’s Collapse
Contrary to the claim, the video making the rounds captures a massive explosion that occurred at a dam in Kherson in November 2022.
The video was published by The Guardian on November 12, 2022.
According to the caption accompanying the video, the footage features the moment when a massive explosion occurred at the Nova Kakhovka dam in Kherson. The footage shows debris being propelled off the dam, accompanied by a visible fire.
Sky News also uploaded the same video to YouTube under the title "Huge explosion rocks key dam near Kherson" on November 12, 2022.
Ukrainian Dam Collapses, Unleashing a Massive Surge of Water
Ukraine accuses Russia of demolishing a dam near the war-torn region, posing a risk to a nearby nuclear power plant and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In response, the Kremlin asserts that Ukraine is to blame for the catastrophe, as water from the Kakhovka dam surges through a region under Russian control in Kherson.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated that over 16,000 individuals have been displaced from their homes following the damage of a large Ukrainian dam. Ukrainian authorities are concerned that the collapse may threaten the nation's drinking water supply. To tackle this issue, Ukraine has allocated over $60 million in funds.
According to the CEO of Ukrhydroenergo, Ukraine's primary hydropower generating company, the breach of the dam will result in "significant" environmental consequences. There is a possibility that the Kakhovka reservoir will be completely depleted, leading to a gradual decline in the fish population. Additionally, damaged equipment at the plant may be causing oil leakage, further exacerbating the situation.