De-facto authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea are preparing to open a new invented criminal case against the leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev and Head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov.
Chairman of the Kremlin-controlled so-called "parliament" of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov said that three citizens of Ukraine would be sued for a "water blockade" of the occupied peninsula, according to a Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
"The lawsuit will be filed against three citizens of Ukraine who have repeatedly, including in the media, declared their involvement in the organization of the water blockade, which should be treated as an attempted genocide," Konstantinov was quoted as saying.
A lawsuit will be brought against Crimean Tatar leader and Member of Ukrainian parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People (self-governing body) Refat Chubarov and former Ukrainian MP Andriy Senchenko.
He said earlier the occupying administration in Crimea would prepare several lawsuits against Ukraine, including over the alleged "transport" and "energy" blockades.
About Water Crisis of Crimea
Until 2014, Ukraine provided 85% of Crimea’s freshwater needs through the North Crimean Canal, which connects the Dnieper River with the peninsula. After Russia had illegally occupied Crimea, water supplies to Crimea were cut off.
Five rivers supplying fresh water to reservoirs for drinking water on the peninsula dried up as a whole: Kacha, Alma, Chernaya, Belbek, Tonas rivers.
Since August 2020, the occupation authorities introduced severe restrictions on water consumption in several districts of Crimea.
Currently, water reserves on the peninsula are replenished from reservoirs and underground sources.
According to Crimean environmentalists, regular use of underground sources leads to salinization of soil.
The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has repeatedly stated the need for its experts to enter the occupied peninsula blocked by Russia. The mission also declared that Russia has the primary responsibility for ensuring the water supply of the territory it occupied.