Kakhovka dam image shows explosive-laden car before devastating collapse

A photograph has emerged apparently showing a car laden with explosives atop the dam in Ukraine before it was destroyed earlier this month.

The Kakhovka dam in the Russian-occupied city of Nova Kakhovka was ruptured on June 6, sending a surge of 4.8billion gallons of water down the Dnipro river.

Ukraine accused Vladimir Putin's men of blowing up the dam. The Russians pointed the finger in the opposite direction.

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An image taken from a Ukrainian drone on May 28 (a few days prior to the incident) and handed to AP is said to provide evidence of Russian involvement.

A white car can be seen with the roof cut open showing large barrels inside. One of the barrels appears to have a landmine attached and a cable running from it.

AP reported that the cable appears to be running toward the Russian-held side of the river.

A Ukrainian special forces communications official said he believes the rigged car was stationed there to stop the Ukrainians advancing and to amplify an explosion from inside the machine room.

The car bomb alone couldn't have brought the whole dam down.

More than 11,000 people were evacuated from the area after the floods. There were also concerns about power supplies being cut off and water becoming contaminated with toxic chemicals and dead bodies.

American think tank Institute for the Study of War said: "The balance of evidence, reasoning, and rhetoric suggests that the Russians deliberately damaged the dam."

International human rights law firm Global Rights Compliance said it believed it was: "Highly likely Russian forces deliberately destroyed the dam."

Although he did admit that Ukraine's military goals had been impacted by the incident, Putin said he had no interest in blowing the dam up.

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