MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. Kiev is stepping up its rhetoric over the supply of water to Crimea, raising the question of whether Ukraine is really going to “return” the peninsula. Writes about this “Strana”.
Earlier, the “permanent representative” of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, Anton Korinevich, announced plans to complete the dam at the 107th kilometer of the North Crimean Canal, which would “maximally exclude the ingress of water” into Crimea.
The author of the publication drew attention to the fact that water through the North Crimean Canal does not flow to the peninsula anyway, but it follows from Korinevich's statement that some volumes are still leaking out. The article also notes that the canal is used to irrigate the south of the drought-stricken Kherson region.
A temporary dam on the Dnieper appeared back in 2014, and in 2017 a permanent one was built, and sluices were made in it, allowing, if necessary, to resume the water supply.
However, the dam was not built in order to “block the water”, writes the portal. It turned out that after the closure of the locks in the south of the Kherson region, problems began with the water supply of agricultural land, which became a disaster for the region.
“When the water in Crimea was cut off, no one thought about it in the heat of the geopolitical struggle. <…> The dam was built for two years mainly to eliminate the disaster with land reclamation in the region,” the article explains.
To hide their mistake, the Kiev authorities switched to an argument about the need to deprive Crimeans of water.
“True, the question remains – what are the authorities going to complete the construction if the building was opened four years ago?” – asked the author.
It turned out that from the moment of completion to this day, the dam did not formally work. In addition, it is required to concreted its lower part. The author noted the “concern” of the Kiev authorities for local farmers.
“The country has been unable to complete the dam for four years, without which the south of the Kherson region suffocates from drought. At the same time, the presidential representative accompanied his statements with” vows “that the peninsula would not receive water until the return of Crimea. in the publication.
At the same time, the article notes that Russia does not care about the construction of a dam in Ukraine at all. Thus, the head of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov, stressed that the peninsula will be provided with water without the participation of a neighboring state, and the deputy head of the local legislative assembly, Vladimir Bobkov, called Kiev's plans a waste of money.
“The talks about water in Crimea are not important in themselves, but as a marker of the level of relations with Russia, which Vladimir Zelensky promised to establish,” the article says.
The journalist expressed the opinion that the resumption of water supply to the peninsula could be the first step towards resolving other issues in relations with Russia. And if in the first six months of Zelensky's presidency there were still such chances, then in the summer the window of opportunity, apparently, was closed.
“The current” dumbo-reversal “only signifies that hopes of reaching an agreement with the Kremlin under Zelensk – and thereby getting out of a protracted conflict with a huge neighbor – are crumbling completely,” the article says.
Until 2014, Ukraine provided up to 85 percent of the peninsula's needs for fresh water through the North Crimean Canal running from the Dnieper, but after the reunification of Crimea with Russia, it completely stopped supplying. The issue was resolved through extraction from underground sources and natural reservoirs, which over the past year have become shallow due to rare precipitation. In the coming months, the construction of a water intake from the Belbek River and a water conduit from the Beshterek-Zuisky field will be completed.