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A satellite image shows the extent of damage at the Nova Kakhovka Dam in the Kherson region. (Maxor Technologies)

According to satellite images from Maxar Technologies obtained by CNN, in the past 24 hours there has been new damage on an important dam extending to the Dnipro River in Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region.

Water is flowing through three sluice gates of the dam, where a major hydroelectric project is located.

It is not clear how the latest damage, which is close to the west coast, occurred. Local Telegram channels reported the sound of explosions around the dam on Thursday night.

The sluice gates themselves are releasing water under the destroyed sections of the bridge, but it is not clear from satellite images whether they were damaged in the explosion and whether the water release has been controlled or obstructed by collapsed sections of the bridge.

A picture surfaced on social media on Friday afternoon, showing water flowing from the corners of the sluice gate and missing bridge sections. CNN geolocated and verifies the authenticity of the photo, which was taken from the south bank of the Dnipro River.

Although the Ukrainian Armed Forces have largely liberated territory in Kherson, they do not appear to have taken control of the dam at Nova Kakhovka.

Ukrhydroenergo, which operates the hydro-electric plant, said it had not heard of fresh damage to the dam and was unable to comment further.

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant upstream uses the water in the dam’s reservoir to cool its nuclear reactors. The reservoir holds about 18 million cubic meters of water.

On 21 October, Ukrainian defense intelligence claimed that Russian forces had begun mining the sluice gate and support in the dam. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also made similar claims in a national speech on 20 October.

At the time, Russian-appointed officials in Kherson dismissed the claims as “nonsense.”

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