Disinfo: The water problem in Crimea is Ukraine’s fault


The problem of providing water to the people and irrigating lands in Crimea appeared in 2014 when Ukraine unilaterally cut off the water coming through the North Crimean Canal from the Ukrainian province of Kherson to the peninsula.


A recurring disinformation narrative to hide the truth about Ukraine, the Crimea, and the North Crimean Canal.

The main condition for the renewal of the agreements on the water supply to the Crimea is the presence of legitimate authorities on the peninsula, which are absent after the annexation in the Crimea.

That is why Ukraine decided to close the locks of the North Crimean Canal and stated that it would resume water supply to the peninsula only after the complete de-occupation of Crimea.

It is worth noting that Crimea was illegally annexed by Moscow based on an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

And according to international law, it is Russia, as an occupying country, that is obliged to provide Crimeans with all necessities, including water (Section III, Part III of the Geneva Convention), a fact that was confirmed by the UN Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Read similar claims such as Crimea’s reunification with Russia was legal, or that historically Crimea was a Russian land, and that Crimea became part of Russia after the events of 2014 in Ukraine.


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