The Ministry for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine believes that the issue of water deficit in Crimea is artificially created by the occupation authorities and the amount of water in the peninsula is enough for the needs of the citizens, as Ukrinform reported citing Deputy Reintegration Minister Ihor Yaremenko.
“It is an artificial problem created by the occupant in the peninsula. We appeal to the citizens and non-governmental organizations; we also communicate with the specialists and scientists who explore the issue of water. I tend to believe them. According to them, the volumes of water accessible in Crimea are enough to provide the water needs to the citizens who stay in the occupied territory,” the deputy minister said.
According to him, the position of the ministry is that the water might be supplied to the peninsula through the North Crimean Canal only after the complete de-occupation of Crimea.
As we reported, in Crimea annexed by Russia, five rivers dried out; they provided the reservoirs of drinking runoff of the peninsula with fresh water.
Besides, the third, most severe, stage of restrictions on water supply has officially begun in Crimea.