WATER WARS–Ukraine Chokes-Off Crimea’s Water (war crime?)

Syndication: Ukraine throats water flow to Crimea

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DRY: Here you can see part of the north-krimske canal near the settlement Tabachnoye close Dzhankoi the Crimea. Photo: REUTERS / Stringer
Ukraine has closed the locks of the canal which supplies the Crimean peninsula by up to 85 percent of fresh water.

 

It writes the Russian news agency Itar-Tass , which refers to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.

The north-krimske channel region adds water from the river Dnjeper, and pictures to be taken at any of the locks shows an almost dry channel.

According to Russian authorities, water shortages become acute in the Crimea and destroy crops of grapes, rice, corn and soy if Peninsula does not get more water soon, writes the BBC .

Yields on Crime is totally dependent on artificial irrigation.

The canal, which was built in 1961 to 1971, ranging from Khakhovka reservoir in southern Ukraine and runs until Kerch almost entirely east of the Crimean peninsula. According to the BBC, 80 percent of fresh water to the Crimea through this channel.

Dry ground: There is now so little water in the channel that it is possible to negotiate on foot. Photo: REUTERS / Stringer
Dry ground: There is now so little water in the channel that it is possible to negotiate on foot. Photo: REUTERS / Stringer

A BBC reporter who recently was in the Crimea said that the water supply was a locals’ main issues ahead of the controversial referendum on Crimea should join Russia.

Crime was recently formally part of Russia. Annexation is condemned by the EU and the USA, and Ukraine does not recognize the new government in Crimea.

There are about two million people in the Crimea, and about 60 percent of the population are ethnic Russians.

In 1954, the peninsula was transferred from the Russian Soviet Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic.

Channel authorities in Ukraine claim that Crimea has built up a huge debt for last year’s water supply. The dispute has worsened after its rupture in relations between Kiev and Moscow.

According to the new pro-Russian government in the Crimea, the water supply has dropped from 50 cubic meters per second to about 16

Russia claims, according to the BBC, the border between Crimea and Ukraine is now an official state border and the Russian government is planning to establish permanent border controls.