Ukraine's cuts in water supply subversion - Crimean authorities

The Crimean authorities see the sudden decrease in water deliveries to the region from mainland Ukraine via the North Crimean Canal as a deliberate subversion, said Sergei Aksyonov, the acting leader of the republic.

The Crimean authorities see the sudden decrease in water deliveries to the region from mainland Ukraine via the North Crimean Canal as a deliberate subversion, said Sergei Aksyonov, the acting leader of the republic.

"Never have such actions led to anything good, nor will they result in the establishing of good relations. The people who today are not getting water have not done anything wrong to the self-proclaimed Ukrainian government. So we see all this as sabotage," Askyonov told reporters in Simferopol on Wednesday.

The Crimean government will restore water supply for Feodosia and Sudak which received part of their water supply from the North Crimean Canal, he said. In particular, water will be delivered there by auto transport, Aksyonov said.

"In terms of water supply for people in Feodosia and Sudak, we are going to resolve this problem now (…) Citizens will not be short of water for cooking food and hygienic needs," Askyonov said.

The decrease in water supply via the North Crimean Canal will not cause major problems in supplying water for Crimeans' personal needs but will affect the agricultural regions in the northern part of Crimea which use Dniepr water for irrigation, he said.

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