Crimea wrecked the installations of the North Crimean canal: official

20 May 2014 08:43
(QHA) -

Crimea has wrecked the installations of the North Crimean canal. 

The governor of the Kherson region (border region with Crimea) Yurii Odarchenko said this to Ukrinform news agency, stressing Crimea seized the canal and tried to draw water from open reservoirs, but wrecked the installations instead. 

“Incompetent people wrecked the installations and now it is impossible to use the canal to deliver drinking water to Crimea, even though the Ukrainian authorities are willing to do so,” Odarchenko said. 

The North Crimean canal is the largest hydrological installation in Europe and delivers water from the Dnieper river to the Kherson region and Crimea. Nearly 85% of the sweet water in Crimea was delivered via this canal.

The Ukrainian authorities shut down the water deliveries to Crimea on April 22, which prompted Russia to ask the Organization for Security and Cooperation to demand the lifting of the water blockade.

Meanwhile, the Crimean authorities tried solving the water problem by diverting water from the Buyuk Qarasuv river.