Crimea accuses Ukraine of closing sluices of the North Crimean Canal, halting water supply from the Dnieper River to the peninsula, ITAR-TASS reports.
Crimea received 85% of fresh water through the canal, which was built in 1961-1971. It streches from the Khakhovka Reservoir to Kerch.
Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov told the CrimeaInform news agency that restrictions on the supply of water to Crimea is an act of sabotage.
“Ukraine’s act of sabotage to limit the supply of water to the republic through the North Crimean Canal is nothing but a deliberate action against Crimeans,”- he said.
Aksyonov said “negotiations are underway with Ukraine at the federal level” to resolve the issue. “There are backup plans. In any case, Crimea will not be left without water. As for drinking water, there are no problems with it,” - he said.
“We are also considering an alternative plan for drilling wells and we are working on this day and night,”- Aksyonov added.