The Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group on Donbas head, Leonid Kravchuk, said that Ukraine could let water into the annexed Crimea if a humanitarian crisis takes place.
“Ukrainians live in the Crimea. So if a humanitarian disaster with water happens suddenly, we can provide people with water,” the first president of Ukraine said.
He also added that Ukraine will not ever provide water to industrial enterprises and military bases on the peninsula. Thus, only the peninsula residents will be able to get water.
At the same time, Kravchuk could not answer how it is possible to control that water is received only by residents, because “this issue has not been resolved yet” and he “is not an expert by no means in these subject.”
The Ukrainian delegation to the TCG head stated that Russia is exclusively responsible for a possible humanitarian crisis.
Meanwhile, the parliamentary faction “Servant of the People” head David Arahamiya noted that there is no chance today that the Verkhovna Rada will consider and apply the decision to restore water supply to the peninsula territory having been annexed by Russia.
“We do not plan to launch anything in the Crimea. We respect MrKravchuk, but MrKravchuk is not in the parliament now, and I think that now there is no chance to apply such decisions in the parliament, even to consider them,” the MP said.
To recap, at the beginning of August the idea of water supply to the Crimea from Ukraine’s mainland was announced by the Prime minister Denis Shmygal. According to him, Ukraine will be able to provide its citizens with water if a humanitarian crisis takes place on the peninsula, but accepted that there is no such a possibility because of the actual infrastructure. It is necessary to invest and restore the North Crimean Canal to implement this.