Under the eye of a Ukrainian prosecutor, vests on their backs and notebooks in hands, dozens of investigators dig holes and machine-gun photos of the ground littered with red pennants, near Kherson, in the south of Ukraine.
“We need three kilos of soil!” Take more! “, shouts Vladyslav Ignatenko, prosecutor of the special environmental prosecutor’s office. In Tchornobaivka, a northern suburb of Kherson, he is conducting an investigation like no other: the first complaint for ecocide linked to the Russian invasion.
In question, the consequences of the destruction by explosions of the Kakhovka dam, on the Dnieper River, on June 6. The rupture of part of the building caused significant flooding in the southern part of Ukrainian territory, causing dozens of deaths and 13 billion euros in damage, according to the UN.