CERES: Kakhovka ‘ecocide’ resources

1 07 2023

The University of Toronto Munk School’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) held a conference on June 20 on the topic “After Ecocide: Grappling With the Ecological and Socioeconomic Consequences of the Destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in Southern Ukraine.” A recording of the conference can be viewed here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xgB4coV8Ws

Conference organizers have kindly allowed me to share the following set of resources on the topic of the impacts of the dam’s June 6 destruction by Russian explosives. The list includes organizations that are collecting donations to help the victims of the disaster.

Commentary and preliminary assessments

Ukraine Nature Conservation Group. “The Consequences of the Russian Terrorist Act on the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant.” June 7, 2023

Statement by Various Ukrainian Environmental NGOs. “Destruction of the Kakhovka HPP: Preliminary Conclusions and Possible Consequences.” June 6, 2023

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine. “Potential Impact of the Destruction of the Kakhovka Dam.” Analytical Note. June 9, 2023.

Interview with Ihor Pylypenko. “Who and What May Suffer Most from The Kakhovka Dam Destruction – Expert Interview.” New Voice of Ukraine. June 20.

Darya Tsymbalyuk. “Kakhovska Dam Destruction is Part of the Climate Emergency.Open Democracy. June 12, 2023.

Suwita Hani Randhawa. “Will the Kakhovka Dam Destruction Make Ecocide an International Crime?” Open Democracy. June 19, 2023

Background Historical Reading

Kuns, Brian. “‘In These Complicated Times’: An Environmental History of Irrigated Agriculture in Post-Communist Ukraine.” Water Alternatives, vol. 11, no. 3, 2018, pp. 866–92.

Anna Olenenko and Stefan Dorondel. “Territorialization and the Transformation of Southern Ukrainian Wetlands, 1880-1960.” In A New Ecological Order: Development and the Transformation of Nature in Eastern Europe, edited by Stefan Dorondel and Stelu Serban, 1st ed., University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022, pp. 65–86.

Victor Ostapchuk. “The Zaporizhian Cossacks and the Dnipro River Refugium.” Mediterranean Rivers in Global Perspective, edited by Johannes Christian Bernhardt et al., Brill, 2019, pp. 273–302.

Roman Cybriwsky. Along Ukraine’s River: A Social and Environmental History of the Dnipro. Central European University Press. 2018. 

On the Black Sea (in Ukrainian)

Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Maritime Ecology. For updates in Ukrainian see https://sea.gov.ua/

Institute of Marine Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. http://www.imb.odessa.ua/?id=209041

Links to organizations providing help for victims of the destruction of the Kakhovka dam:



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