The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation may use force to resolve the issue of water supply to the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula, says to the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (SVR).
According to the statement published on Service’s website, the Russian Armed Forces could potentially, under a far-fetched pretext, enter the territory of Kherson region to establish control over the dam of the North Crimean Canal; as mainland Ukraine provided up to 85% of Crimea’s needs for freshwater before the annexation.
“Russia turned the occupied peninsula into a continuous military base with a ready-made infrastructure for storing nuclear weapons,” SVR notes.
The Foreign Intelligence claims that in the long term, the Russian Federation’s activity towards Ukraine may transform into a large-scale military operation with the seizure of new Ukrainian territories.
“This may be facilitated by the following factors: the need to divert attention from a number of internal Russian problems; the need to solve the socio-economic problems of the temporarily occupied Crimea; the concentration of attention of our leading international partners solely on their own internal problems,” the statement reads.