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Crimea will sue Ukraine for water and energy blockade – RT in Russian

Crimea will send several lawsuits to the court against Ukraine due to Kiev’s organization of a water blockade of the peninsula. This was told by the head of the Crimean parliament Vladimir Konstantinov. According to him, in parallel, work is underway to assess the damage from the energy and transport blockades. Earlier, the first deputy chairman of the Crimean parliament, Efim Fiks, estimated the preliminary damage from the water blockade of Crimea at 1.47 trillion rubles. Experts note that such claims are absolutely justified and necessary, because Kiev’s actions “look like an attempt to arrange genocide of the Crimean population.”

The head of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, announced the preparation of several lawsuits against Ukraine, including on the energy and transport blockade of the peninsula.

According to Konstantinov, it is planned to file a lawsuit against the organizers of the water blockade of Crimea in the first half of 2021.

“First, we will prepare a claim and go to court, and then to international instances, with a claim on the water blockade, arranged by Ukraine. At the same time, work is underway to assess the damage from energy and transport blockades. The result of this work will also be prepared claims, ”RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

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“The international community should pay attention to Kiev’s attempt to arrange genocide in Crimea and give a harsh assessment of this. It’s time for the Western countries to stop pretending that nothing is happening, “added Konstantinov.

In addition to the already preparing appeals to the court, the politician did not rule out that another lawsuit would be filed in the future – about the systematic destruction of the infrastructure of Crimea, when it was under the control of Ukraine.

At the same time, Crimea does not intend to turn to Kiev with a request to solve the problem associated with a shortage of water. As the head of the Crimean parliament’s committee on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuri Gempel, noted, the authorities of the peninsula are counting on Moscow’s assistance in this matter.

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“Crimea with the help of the federal center will adequately solve the problem with water supply. We will not apply to Ukraine for water supply. It is dangerous to get water from a country where the authorities are not responsible for their actions and are unable to guarantee security. There are no guarantees that they will not be poisoned or closed again, ”RIA Novosti quotes Hempel.

Earlier it was also noted that the republic’s authorities intend to apply to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to initiate proceedings against the organizers of the blockades on charges of attempting to genocide the population of the region. In addition, the Permanent Representative of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation announced that an appeal was being prepared to the UN on this issue.

Calculation of damage

We will remind, earlier Vladimir Konstantinov instructed to assess the damage that was caused to the Crimea and Russia by the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, which blocked the North Crimean Canal.

The total amount of losses will include the cost of building the canal itself, damage to agriculture and the ecology of the peninsula, the health of its inhabitants, as well as funds allocated by Russia to solve the problem of shortage of drinking and fresh water.

  • Dry North Crimean Canal in Crimea

  • RIA Novosti

  • © Dmitry Makeev

The first vice-speaker of the Crimean parliament, Yefim Fiks, who heads the working group on the analysis of damage from the blockades, announced a preliminary amount.

“Already in the vicinity of 1 trillion 476 billion rubles. – Damage caused to the economy, social infrastructure and citizens of Crimea by the actions of the Ukrainian side, “Fix said during a meeting of the commission.

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According to him, this is a preliminary amount, and the final amount of damage will be documented and presented in the course of further work.

Prior to that, the first vice-speaker of the Crimean parliament also reported that the peninsula had asked specialists in criminal law to prepare appeals with a request to initiate criminal cases and prosecute specific persons who made the decision to block the North Crimean canal.

At the same time, Fix stressed that the issue of supplying water through the North Crimean Canal from Ukraine is a passed stage.

“This is a slice already cut off. That’s it, finished this story. We need to think about the future and create such a situation so that we do not depend on anyone, but can independently resolve issues of vital importance for Crimea, ”RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

He recalled that in the past the peninsula has already coped with the energy blockade organized by Ukraine, which means that the problem of water supply to Crimea will be solved.

“Antics will go unpunished”

The lack of water resources was noted in the Crimea at various periods of its history. In Soviet times, this problem was solved with the help of channels through which fresh water entered the peninsula.

The largest of them is North Crimean. The 400 km long canal was built from 1961 to 1971 and supplied the arid zones of the peninsula with water from the Dnieper. It was used not only for the needs of agriculture, but also as a source of centralized water supply.

Until 2014, this artery provided up to 85% of the water needed for the region. After the reunification of Crimea with Russia, Kiev unilaterally stopped the supply of water to the peninsula. In this regard, the Russian authorities began to develop their own water sources for Crimea in order to cover the needs of the local population.

  • View of the reservoir of the hydraulic complex on the Belbek River near Sevastopol

  • RIA Novosti

  • © Natalia Nazaruk

As Vladimir Olenchenko, senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at the IMEMO RAS, noted in a conversation with RT, the intention to file lawsuits against the Ukrainian authorities for their illegal actions is a step in the right direction.

“It is high time for Crimea to take an offensive position, given that the Ukrainian side continues to generate claims,” Olenchenko said.

In turn, political analyst Alexander Dudchak, in a commentary to RT, stressed that if such appeals were considered impartially, Ukraine would have to answer and pay for these claims.

“After all, what Kiev is doing can be summed up under many articles, in particular, it looks like an attempt to arrange genocide of the civilian population,” Dudchak says.

However, according to the deputy of the State Duma from Crimea Ruslan Balbek, in the current realities, international courts are unlikely to be impartial.

“Not a single international court will accept a claim from the Crimeans – the Western world is not yet ripe to understand the true state of affairs in Russia. Such a claim will have full force when, at the mental level, Western society recognizes that it did not work to crush the Russian Federation with sanctions, “Balbek emphasized in a conversation with RT.

However, it is necessary to file such claims, Alexander Dudchak is sure.

“I do not exclude that the international community will again close its eyes to the problem, and the antics on the part of the Kiev authorities will remain unpunished. But, nevertheless, it is necessary to work in this direction, to file claims that are absolutely justified, “Dudchak noted in an interview with RT.

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