Ukraine provided through the North Crimean Canal up to 85% of Crimea’s needs for fresh water. After the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in the spring of 2014, Kiev stopped water supply to the peninsula… In April 2017, the Crimean authorities assured that they managed to completely overcome this problem, but, as experts reported to the publication “Crimea. Realities”, this information is not true. According to media reports, no alternative to the supply of Dnieper water has yet been found in Crimea, except for large-scale pumping of groundwater.
In June 2019, the ex-Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the ARC Boris Babin stated that invaders offered bribes for the restoration of water supply to Crimea.
In September, Sergei Shevchenko, head of the North Crimean Canal, said that supplying water from mainland Ukraine to Crimea technically impossible.
Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, People’s Deputy from the “Servant of the People” Yuri Aristov told the journalists of the “Scheme” (“Radio Svoboda”) program, aired on January 30, 2020, that the Ukrainian authorities considered the idea of selling water to Crimea. The representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Anton Korinevich said in response that Ukraine does not intend to renew water supply to Crimea before the de-occupation of the peninsula.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal said that supply of fresh water from the mainland of Ukraine to the occupied Crimea are possible only in the event of a humanitarian disaster on the peninsula.
At the end of 2020, Aksenov said that desalination will be possible at least in a few years, but later admitted that “there is no other way”.
On March 10, 2021, the head of the Kremlin-controlled parliament of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, stated that the “authorities” of Crimea are preparing file a claim against Ukraine for “water blockade” after the closure of the North Crimean Canal. According to Konstantinov, among the defendants will be the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov and ex-Deputy Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Andrei Senchenko.
The so-called authorities of the annexed Crimea have preliminary estimated the damage from the “water blockade” of the peninsula $ 19.4 billion.