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No Prospect Of Ukraine Restoring Water To Occupied Crimea

Kyiv, Ukraine

The government of Ukraine will not restore water supply to Crimea until Russian-backed armed forces “de-occupy” the region, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

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In an 18 May interview with Interfax, Reznikov described Russia as “solely responsible” for the region’s escalating water crisis, saying that "According to the Geneva Convention, (Russia) is obliged to meet all humanitarian requests of the civilian population”.

Before the occupation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, 85 percent of residential drinking water was supplied from the Dnieper River via the North Crimean Canal. Since the effective annexation, residents and farmers have been forced to rely on local reservoirs and groundwater which have been hit by a second year of low snowfall and a dry spring, summer and autumn in 2019.