Crimea’s de-facto authorities to sue three Ukrainians for ‘water blockade’

The occupying authorities are reportedly preparing several claims against Ukraine.

Chairman of Crimea’s Russia-controlled parliament Vladimir Konstantinov says that three citizens of Ukraine will be sued for a “water blockade” of the occupied peninsula.

This is reported by Russia’s media outlet Gazeta.ru with reference to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

A lawsuit will be brought against ex-Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukraine’s parliament, Andriy Senchenko and Refat Chubarov, as well as incumbent lawmaker Mustafa Dzhemilev.

“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.

He said earlier the occupying administration in Crimea would prepare several lawsuits against Ukraine, including on “transport” and “energy” blockades.

Fresh water shortage in Crimea: Background

  • Prior to the occupation of Crimea by Russia, Ukraine used to cover up to 85% of the peninsula’s demand for freshwater through the North Crimean Canal.
  • After Russia grabbed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, Ukraine severed water supplies there.
  • In 2020, the situation with the availability of water in Crimea reached a critical level over droughts and shallowing of reservoirs. The occupying authorities limited the use of water in many towns and villages.
  • The Ukrainian authorities claim the resumption of water supplies to Crimea would be possible only if Russia ceases its occupation of the peninsula.
  • At the same time, experts say it is technically impossible to restore water delivery to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal since it has become completely unusable over the past years.

(c) Unian

7 comments

  • ““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.”

    The irony of it all. Russian scum accusing Tartars of attempted genocide, while Russia has committed genocide on Tatars for hundreds of years.

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  • This looks like the putinazis are teeing themselves up for some military action. On the lines of : ‘We tried to be reasonable with you, but you leave us with no alternative’.
    I hope I’m wrong.
    Ukraine needs to be lobbying the US and UK govts very hard right now (we can forget Nato) to provide defensive assistance urgently to Ukraine.

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    • I’m hoping the US are providing satellite images of any Russian troop movement, especially near Crimea. Those Turkish drones Ukraine recently purchased, could reek havoc into any Russian attempt to take over the canal supplying water to Crimea. I’m just worried about the government, how would they respond to Russia invading further into Ukraine? At times of war you need a leader, sadly Ukraine have Zelensky, and not Poroshenko,

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      • My thoughts exactly. Poro is their Churchill. They need him right now. Zel of course is too conciliatory and Chamberlain-like. America or even Britain could stop a Russian advance with air power. It would take many months to put troops on the ground, but just stationing a squadron of B-2’s would provide a reassuring presence.

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        • USAF will not station B-2s in Ukraine. The facilities need to house them simply do not exist there. The full number of B-2s are also the equivalent of a squadron. There’s only 20 of them in existence.

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          • A squadron is not a fixed number. I am well aware that there are very few of them and that the US will not send them, or any other aircraft. I merely point out a modest minimum of what could be done if the will was there.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The occupying authorities…”
    Please, Unian, stop calling them authorities. Call them dons, crime bosses, kingpins or slave drivers instead. These terms are much closer to the truth.
    Mafia land knows very well that their ridiculous attempt to prosecute these people will stand an ice cube’s chance in hell in any international court, and that’s why I agree with Scradge. This is only whitewashing the true intent and purpose that might very well entail military action.

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