The organizers of the water blockade of Crimea are three local politicians who, after the reunification of the peninsula with Russia, fled to Ukraine. They were named in an interview with RIA Novosti by the head of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov.
We are talking about businessman Andrei Senchenko, as well as the leaders of the extremist organization “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People” banned in Russia, Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilev. In addition to them, according to the head of the speaker, this is the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky, who continues his course.
“We regard the water blockade as an attempt at genocide and physical destruction of people,” stressed Konstantinov. He also added that the damage from the blockade is estimated at billions, and the unilateral cessation of water supply violates all international norms.
Earlier, the speaker said that the Crimean authorities were going to sue Kiev over the damage caused to the peninsula by the water blockade. He noted that first everything will have to be proved in Russian courts, and then appeal to the norms of international law.
The North Crimean Canal running from the Dnieper in the past provided more than 80 percent of Crimea’s fresh water needs. After joining it to Russia in 2014, Ukraine closed the channel. Many reservoirs of the peninsula have become shallow; 2020 has become one of the driest in the last 150 years.