First President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk believes that the responsibility for supplies of water to Crimea, in accordance with the international law, lies on the country-occupant. However, earlier, Kravchuk admitted the possibility of a water supply to the annexed peninsula from Ukraine as Radio Liberty reported.
“Currently I see that they want to turn Crimea into a military base and Crimea already put in the system of the Russian Federation has become one of the districts so Russia takes the responsibility for everything. Ukraine will not supply water to Crimea for any reason because we do not know how it will be used – by citizens for watering, by military plants or someone else. Russia takes responsibility for everything,” Kravchuk said.
According to the first president of Ukraine, the issue of water in Crimea will intensify and in the future, he does not exclude that Russia will assume attempts to get water from mainland Ukraine through attacks.
“I believe that the water issue for Crimea will aggravate, I believe it will be one of the impetuses for Russia to open the way from there to Ukraine. Kherson, Mariupol – they want to open this part to provide Crimea with water. It will be one of the reasons for more attacks or great aggressive steps of Russia. It is possible. However, it will not force Ukraine to supply water,” Kravchuk noted.
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.