Disinfo: The DniproHES dam will wash Ukraine into the Black Sea in 2020


In August 2016, a delegation of US engineering troops (USACE) visited Ukraine with the aim of examining the state of the DniproHES dam.The American military experts noted urgent needs for maintenance. Without measures securing the construction, the dam would burst and wash Ukraine into the Black sea by 2020. President Poroshenko was informed by the disastrous state of the DniproHES dam, but has not taken any serious measures to reinforce the DniproHES.


A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine as a state on the verge of a collapse.

The expert team from the USACE recommends the reconstruction of the DniproHES and the expansion of the Dnipro Waterway.The report describes issues that need to be addressed and suggests measures to take.

In 2018, a large-scale reconstruction of the DniproHES started. The project includes the complete restoration of three hydroelectric units of the turnkey station by specialists of the Austrian company ANDRITZ HYDRO. After the installation of the new equipment on the facility, the working capacity of the station will increase. In addition, a number of modern "green" solutions will be introduced during the reconstruction of DniproHES.




  • Reported in: Issue 142
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Abandoned Ukraine


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