Deoccupation of Crimea and Sevastopol is a logical step to resolve the problems with water supply of the Crimean peninsula. This was stated by Permanent Representative of Ukraine at the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko during the open debate in the UN Security Council on water, peace and security.
In this way he commented a statement made by the representative of the Russian Federation during the debate on the Ukrainian side’s water blockade of Crimea. “The statement of the Russian delegation is illustrative of the Russian occupation authorities’ inability to meet the basic needs of the local population. The Russian side decided to use the issue of water supply in Crimea as a propaganda stroke instead of acknowledging the illegality of its own actions and trying to correct the mistakes,” said Yelchenko.
According to Yelchenko, the situation with water supply on the peninsula could improve if Russia stops redirecting the scarce water resources for the needs of its militaries based on the peninsula. “The next logical step would be to start the process of deoccupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol that will positively contribute to address the issue of water supply of Crimea,” said Yelchenko.
— UKR Mission to UN (@UKRinUN) 22 ноября 2016 г.
As a reminder, Ukraine stopped supplying the peninsula with water by the North-Crimean Canal, connecting the river Dnepr with the Crimean peninsula, after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Ukraine had provided Crimea with up to 80% of fresh water through this canal prior to the annexation of the peninsula.