NATO chief to chair emergency Ukraine meeting over dam

The “outrageous destruction” of a frontline dam will be discussed at a meeting of an emergency coordination panel with Ukraine on Thursday, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

He claimed in a tweet on Wednesday that the collapse of the Kakhovka dam in the southern Kherson region unleashed waters that “displaced thousands of people and caused an ecological catastrophe in Ukraine.”

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Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, would attend the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting on Thursday via video link, he noted.

In a tweet, Kuleba claimed that Stoltenberg had pledged that “NATO mechanisms will be used to provide humanitarian assistance” and that the meeting had been held at his request.

No more information about the meeting, including the time it will take place, was given to the media, according to a NATO spokeswoman.

Kuleba echoed Kiev’s claim that the “crisis” was “caused by Russia’s destruction of the Kakhovka dam”.

Russia has attributed the dam’s destruction to Ukraine.

Britain, a NATO member, said it would wait until more information was available before laying responsibility for the dam’s damage.

Another important NATO ally of Ukraine, France, declared it would send aid. After speaking on the phone with his equivalent in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, President Emmanuel Macron denounced “this atrocious act” in a tweet.

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