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Water "Torturing"? Ukraine Objects To Russia Accusations


The Office of Ukrainian President's Envoy for Crimea has commented on Russia's allegations claiming Ukraine violates human rights by refusing to renew water supplies to the occupied Crimea that have been cut in 2014 in the wake of Russian aggression and illegal annexation of the peninsula. The Office also says it is unacceptable when an occupying power speaks of "rights violations" or "torture," while "dozens of murders, violent crackdowns, and torture of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar activists in Crimea took place" under their rule. According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying power must provide civilian population with all necessary resources, including water. This means that it is Russia and its officials who bear responsibility for everything happening in these occupied territories.