SIMFEROPOL, 15 Mar – RIA Novosti. The organizers of the water blockade of Crimea are three former Crimean politicians who left the peninsula after reunification with Russia, said the head of the Crimean parliament Vladimir Konstantinov.
Earlier, Konstantinov said that he would initiate an appeal to the RF GP to initiate a criminal case on attempted genocide against the organizers of the water blockade of the peninsula. “We regard the water blockade as an attempt to genocide and physically exterminate people. with Russia fled to Ukraine. These are Andrei Senchenko, as well as the leaders of the recognized extremist and banned in Russia organization “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People” Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev, “Konstantinov told RIA Novosti.
In addition, according to him, the responsibility also lies with the presidents of Ukraine – Petro Poroshenko, with whose consent everything was done, and Volodymyr Zelensky, who “continues the course of barbaric attitude towards the Crimeans that has begun.”
“The economic damage (from the closure of the North Crimean Canal) amounts to billions. These are environmental problems associated with the inactivity of the canal. Its unauthorized unilateral overlap does not fit into any framework and violates all international norms,” Konstantinov emphasized.
Earlier, Ukraine provided up to 85% of Crimea's needs for fresh water through the North Crimean Canal running from the Dnieper. However, after the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the supply of water through the canal to the republic was completely cut off unilaterally. The issue of water supply was resolved through the extraction of water from underground sources and natural reservoirs, which over the past year have become significantly shallower due to the low amount of precipitation. Due to the shortage of water in a number of regions of Crimea, a regime supply of water to houses has been introduced, the water supply of Simferopol is mainly reoriented to artesian sources.
The Russian government has prepared a comprehensive plan to ensure a reliable water supply to the peninsula. About 50 billion rubles were allocated for its implementation.