Kherson region of Ukraine is ready to supply water to Crimea at world prices, head of Kherson Rayon Administration Andrey Putilov announced.

“The law on free economic zone in Crimea has come into force. If Russia needs water [in Crimea] it can buy it. We will open the canal”- he said, adding that the water will be sold at world prices—more than 1 euro for a cubic meter.

This comes after Sevastopol government announced the situation with water supply in Sevastopol was critical.

Following Crimea’s annexation, Ukraine has halted water supplies to Crimea via North Crimean Canal, noting over UAH 1.7 million debt should be paid and new prices agreed

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.