Ukraine did not block the bed of Dnipro River but a canal, which supplied water to annexed Crimea. Ukraine has full right to do it as Permanent Representative of Ukraine’s President at the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych reported on Facebook.
“Concerning another heightened attention of the officials of the occupation authority of Crimea on Dnipro water, it is possible to say the next: Crimea is the territory of Ukraine. Crimea is not the territory of Russia. So, Russia cannot raise inter-state issues tied with Crimea. The issues tied with Crimea can be raised only by the state- sovereign, in other words, Ukraine,” Korynevych said.
He notes that Dnipro does not flow in Crimea. Ukraine did not block Dnipro’s riverbed but a canal, which is situated in Ukraine.
“By all accounts, the population has enough fresh water for its needs. Generally, the state-occupant should be responsible for the supplying of occupied territory with all necessary resources,” he said.
As we reported occupational authorities of Crimea to intend to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin negotiations with Ukraine on the provision of Dnipro River water to the peninsula.
Ukraine provided up to 85% needs of Crimea for freshwater through North Crimean Canal, which united the main bed of Dnipro with the peninsula. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, the supplies of water were stopped.
In 2018, Crimea faced severe drought. One of the largest rivers of the peninsula Biyuk-Karasu dried out. Its bed completely dried out near Karasivka.
The water supply in Crimea is replenished from the reservoir of natural flow and underground sources. According to the ecologists, the regular use of underground water led to the salinization. The occupation authority of Crimea regularly asks the citizens of the peninsula to save water.