May 4, at the briefing in Sevastopol Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the construction of a new dam completely blocking the flow of water from the Ukrainian river Dnieper to the annexed Crimea is pointless, as the peninsula receives water from "other sources".
“The other day the Ukrainian authorities announced the commissioning of a dam cutting off the supply of Dnieper water to the Crimea ... The meaninglessness of such a step is obvious, since water has not been supplied to the peninsula since the spring of 2014. The Crimeans learned to provide themselves with water from other sources,” Zakharova noted.
At the same time, Maria Zakharova believes that official Kyiv in this way punishes Crimeans for participating in the referendum in 2014, which is not recognized by the world community, and joining to the Russian Federation.
“The cynicism of these actions is startling. But these actions confirm only one thing - this choice was right,” the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation concluded.
In the Kherson region, a dam was put into operation, cutting off the North-Crimean canal from the Dnieper water. This will expand the area of irrigated land in mainland Ukraine and at the same time reduce its supply to the peninsula.
The Kremlin-controlled Head of the State Committee for Crimean government on interethnic relations Zaur Smirnov in his comment to RIA Novosti Crimea said that the construction of a new dam in the Kherson region of Ukraine will not affect the provision of water in the temporarily occupied peninsula.
Ukraine stopped supplying water to the Crimea on the North-Crimean canal after the annexation of the peninsula by Russia.
Due to the lack of Dnieper water, agriculture in the Crimea suffered losses. Of the 140,000 hectares of irrigated land in the Crimea in 2014, there are only 17,000 hectares, watered from local sources. Rice cultivation stopped. A year later the area of irrigated land was reduced to 13.4 thousand hectares.