The falling water in Nowa Kachówka revealed a dark secret. At the bottom of the reservoir, human skulls were found, probably from the times of World War II. Social media circulated a recording showing
The falling water in Nowa Kachówka revealed a dark secret. At the bottom of the reservoir, human skulls were found, probably from the times of World War II. Social media circulated a recording showing that one of them has a German helmet.
After the destruction of the dam on the Dnieper by the Russians, over 70 percent of the water flowed down. Water collected in the Kakhovsky Reservoir. This flooded thousands of homes and led to mass evacuations and the deaths of at least 14 people.
The falling water also revealed a gruesome find. At the bottom of the emptied reservoir, human remains were found, most likely from the period of World War II.
The Battle of the Dnieper was one of the three greatest armed clashes of 1943. If the German forces were dealt a painful defeat at Stalingrad and were deprived of their last hope of turning the tide of the war in their favour, the Battle of the Dnieper showed that the Wehrmacht was no longer in able to stop the advances of the Red Army – even using a convenient natural frontier.
Several skulls can be seen in the video published on Monday evening. On one of them there is a helmet that looks like the one used by German soldiers. Some of the skulls, however, have other - Soviet helmets.
Located in present-day Ukraine, Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region was recaptured by the Soviets from the Germans in 1943. The Battle of the Dnieper was one of the largest military operations of World War II. Historians estimate that even a million soldiers on both sides could have died in it. The Kakhovsky Reservoir was built 13 years later, in 1956.
Exactly one week ago, the Russians had blown up a dam on the Dnieper River, forming the 240 km long Kakhovsky Reservoir. The water flooded dozens of towns, causing “the greatest humanitarian and ecological disaster” since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Thousands of people lost their homes and belongings.
Almost 70 percent of the flooded territory is located on the left bank of the Dnieper, in an area occupied by the Russians, who are supposed to prohibit the evacuation of civilians. The Ukrainians have been carrying out a rescue operation on their side from the very beginning. So far, 2,198 residents have been evacuated.