— People are waiting for help, the Russians do not provide it, we cannot get there – said mayor Oleszek about the areas affected by the disaster caused by the blowing up of the dam on the Dnieper.
- People are waiting for help, the Russians do not provide it, we cannot get there – said mayor Oleszek about the areas affected by the disaster caused by the blowing up of the dam on the Dnieper. People are running out of food and water supplies. These regions are assisted by volunteers and Polish Humanitarian Action.
The blowing up of the dam on the Dnieper, which is part of the Kakhovska Hydroelectric Power Plant, led to heavy losses in southern Ukraine. The inhabitants of the town of Oleshki in the Kherson region fight every day for survival in the face of a catastrophe. According to the latest reports, the supplies that made it possible to function in the destroyed city are running out.
Mayor Oleszek Yevhen Ryszczuk, despite the Russian occupation, remained loyal to the Ukrainian authorities. The official informed about the crisis situation in a telephone conversation. There's enough food left for two days. There is a shortage of drinking water because the wells are polluted by floodwaters. Only yesterday you could drink water from the well after boiling it, and today it is useless, dirty and cloudy. Residents who, in the face of the catastrophe, took shelter from the flood on the roofs of buildings, still remain there due to the passivity of the Russian authorities, which do not evacuate people from the occupied areas.
— The Russians do nothing. Yesterday they arrived at two cutters, worked for an hour and left. The occupants do not provide active help. Everything is on the residents' heads – said Ryszczuk.
The civilian population is to be helped only by volunteers who organize transports and medical care for the sick.
The rescue operation is hampered by the lack of equipment that is necessary to move around the flooded areas. However, lifeboats and pontoons were taken from civilians by the Russian occupiers. — What volunteers on site have, are a few boats and pontoons that someone managed to hide in the garage or in the yard – informs the mayor.
According to Ryszczuk's account, only the premises on the upper floors are habitable – however, these are occupied by the Russians, who arrange firing positions there for fear of sabotage groups from Ukraine.
— People are waiting for help, the Russians do not provide it, we cannot get there – summed up the mayor.