Ukraine is ready to resume the supply of fresh water to Crimea if the peninsula faces a humanitarian disaster. This was stated by the first Ukrainian president, the head of Kyiv’s delegation to the Contact Group for the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas Leonid Kravchuk. He stressed that it is only about meeting the needs of the population of the region. At the same time, the ex-president noted that he does not know how to solve this issue technically.
“We say that Ukrainians live there. If a humanitarian disaster happens, which is connected with water, then people can be given water. But not to industrial enterprises, military bases and the like – we will never go for it in life,” Kravchuk said on Ukrainian Radio. They say that there is an opportunity to give water to people, but at the same time not to give water to enterprises, military bases, and others.”
Kravchuk blamed Russia for the problem of providing water to Crimea. “Ukraine should not be blamed for this. They took, as the gypsy said: “You saw the eyes that they took – cry, at least make out.” We have nothing to do with it,” he added.
Crimea joined Russia in March 2014 following a referendum in which 95.6% of the participants supported joining the Russian Federation. Ukraine provided up to 85% of the country’s freshwater needs through the North-Crimean Canal, connecting the main channel of Dnipro with the peninsula. After the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the Ukrainian side stopped supplying water to the peninsula. The issue of water supply in the region is solved by reservoirs of a natural filling, which in 2020 significantly shallowed due to low rainfall, as well as through drilling wells and extracting water from underground sources.