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Crimea worries about water supply

2023-06-06T17:01:27.276Z

Highlights: Moscow blames Kiev for the destruction of the Kakhovka dam on the lower Dnieper. Upstream of the dam, a four-hundred-kilometre supply canal, built between 1961 and 1971, supplies water to the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. Crimea is chronically water-deficit and depends on 85% of this route for consumption, particularly for agriculture. These fears echo those on Telegram of Sergei Aksionov, the governor of Crimea, who spoke of the risk that it would run out of water.


The capture of the strip of land between the Dnieper and the Sea of Azov by the Russians had for a time removed the problem. The evolution of the strategic situation is bringing back this Achilles' heel of the peninsula.


Moscow correspondent

For Moscow, which has blamed Kiev for the destruction of the Kakhovka dam on the lower Dnieper, the objective of this "deliberate sabotage" is, among other things, to deprive Crimea of water, as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. Upstream of the dam, a four-hundred-kilometre supply canal, built between 1961 and 1971, called the "North Crimean Canal", supplies water to the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014, which is chronically water-deficit and depends on 85% of this route for consumption, particularly for agriculture.

"The water level is dropping in the reservoir (of the dam) and, as a result, the supply to the canal is reduced, significantly reduced," Peskov said. These fears echo those on Telegram of Sergei Aksionov, the governor of Crimea, who spoke of the risk that it would run out of water. At the same time, Mr Aksionov wanted to be reassuring by declaring...

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Source: lefigaro

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