70 percent of green cover of Crimea's steppes disappeared since 2014

Source : 112 Ukraine

This concerns cultivated areas, forest belts, pomme gardens, orchards and vineyards, - Deputy Minister of Occupied Territories
21:06, 2 August 2018

Ministry for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People

Before the occupation by Russia, Ukrainian Crimea boasted a lot of green cover; however, these areas have been severely decreasing since then. Yuriy Grymchak, Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Occupied Territories said that in his interview with one of the Ukrainian media. 

'Our satellite images show that actually, 70 percent of the green cover of Crimea's steppes either disappeared or lost its conditions compared to those in 2013. We've been comparing the images that were shot previously and those shot currently... and we see that now, Crimea returns to the conditions before the moment Ukraine began to cultivate these areas - that's the 1950s', Grymchak said.

According to him, the conditions of Crimea's cultivated areas, forest belts, pomme gardens, orchards and vineyards deteriorate rapidly. 

'The worst problem is that the soil's condition gets worse. The mineralization of fertile layers goes extremely fast. The areas of cultivated areas rapidly decreased after the water supplies from North Crimean channel ceased', Grymchak said.

Previously, we reported that Biyuk-Karasu river, one of the largest ones in the occupied Crimea, dried out because of the severe drought there. The creekbed next to Karasivka village is completely dry; due to that, Taiganske and Bilohirske reservoirs are empty now. The water from Biyuk-Karasu was the main source for them, Krym.Realii reported. The locals say that the growing grass slowly covers the bottom of Bilohirske reservoir, and the rains are the only thing that keeps the reservoir from running dry completely. Its biosystem, which has been shaping for decades, also ceased to be. The extreme drought urged the local 'authorities' to set the emergency mode in four regions of the occupied peninsula.

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