“Tanks, barrels, whatever.” Reznikov called the condition under which Ukraine will supply water to Crimea

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Alexei Reznikov said this in an interview. BBC News Ukrainepublished on April 8th.

According to the minister, the matter concerns the organization of humanitarian convoys that can enter the territory of the peninsula through the checkpoints of entry and exit.

“In tanks, barrels, whatever you like. Three checkpoints (Kalanchak, Chongar, Chaplinka), there are roads, we’ll take it. We’ll provide the Red Cross under their flag, no problem. the mission will say: “People, we need to help,” said Reznikov.

Context:

  • 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 the 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 did 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, the so-called head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov said that desalination of water will be possible at least in a few years, but later admitted that “there is no other way”.
  • On March 10, the head of the Kremlin-controlled Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, announced that the “authorities” of Crimea were 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.
  • On March 18, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin announced that Russia was going to to extract water for Crimea from wells at the bottom of the Sea of ​​Azov… In addition, water conduits are being built in Crimea and artesian wells are being drilled. If all these measures do not provide the required volume of water, desalination stations will be built.
  • The so-called authorities of the annexed Crimea preliminary estimate the damage from the “water blockade” of the peninsula $ 19.4 billion.
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