RUSSIA MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LEAVING CRIMEA WITHOUT WATER RESOURCES
Fresh water from Dnieper will go to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea via the North Crimean Canal only after de-occupation of Ukrainian Peninsula.
Ihor Yaremenko, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine stated the aforementioned at the international conference "Problematic issues of water supply and use of water resources in Crimea under Russian occupation".
According to him, Russia currently promotes the topic of water in the occupied Crimea to change the "information focus" from its responsibility, as an occupying state, for water supply to the Peninsula and transfer this responsibility to Ukraine. But, Yaremenko emphasizes that everything that happens in the temporarily occupied territory is the full responsibility of the occupying state.
According to the Geneva Conventions, this also applies to the obligation to provide civilians of the occupied territory with all necessary resources, including water resources. "Continuation of cynical speculation on water is an additional step of the Russian Federation to turn the victim of aggression into "the violator", to level the responsibility for their internationally wrongful acts, as well as an element of the strategy to force Ukraine to provide water to the Crimea, but this strategy of the Russian Federation will not work," said Ihor Yaremenko.
He emphasized that the Russian Federation must be held responsible for leaving Crimea without water resources and all crimes committed on the Peninsula by the Russian occupation authorities.
In particular, an artificial replacement of population is taking place. Ukrainian citizens of different nationalities are forced out of Crimea, but thousands of citizens from Russian regions were brought to the temporarily occupied Peninsula. The number of those citizens is estimated to be at least 250 000 and continues to grow.
The Peninsula is also under total militarization and military infrastructure is actively developing. All this leads to excessive exploitation of water sources and causes environmental damage. Taking into account climate change, Russia is encoding the collapse of Crimea and should be held responsible for it.