Defense Minister of Russia Sergey Shoigu stated that the temporary pipeline in Crimea laid by the Russian military men has lifted the water blockade of the peninsula occupied by Russia as Interfax reported.
“For continuous secure of the water supply of the population of Crimea, the 32-km temporary pipeline was laid,” Shoigu said.
According to the Defense Minister, it allowed lifting water blockade from the peninsula until the completion of the water main.
In early March, about a dozen water storages in the annexed Crimea went dry, two of them - Simferopolske and Zahorske are completely exhausted. The latter was a source of drinking water for Yalta and Bakhchisaray district for years.
On March 10, it was reported that the occupant government of the annexed Crimea prepares to file a lawsuit against Ukraine due to the 'damage caused to the peninsula by water blockade’. It is specified that Speaker of the so-called "State Council of Crimea" Volodymyr Kostyantynov asked the proper committees to prepare information about damage from the shutdown of the North-Crimean channel to the environment, agriculture and enterprises of Crimea, as well as the health of the citizens of the peninsula.
However, First President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk believed that the responsibility for supplies of water to Crimea, in accordance with international law, lies on the country-occupant. However, earlier, Kravchuk admitted the possibility of a water supply to the annexed peninsula from Ukraine.