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Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on water supply to Crimea
15 September 2020 15:15

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine states that water supply to Crimea from the  continental Ukraine will be fully restored only after the complete de-occupation of the peninsula. This position is based on the norms of international law.

We point out the fact that under the pretext of "humanitarian need", the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea lack water for accelerated development of its military facilities and enterprises of military industrial complex. It is also evident that the need in water resources is growing against the background of peninsula's colonization - rapid population growth within targeted policy of changing Crimea's demographic composition. Such actions by the occupying state constitute a war crime. Their purpose is to populate Ukrainian territories with Russian citizens, loyal to their state's expansionist policy and, thus, to consolidate the illegal occupation.

In addition, crimes against humanity and war crimes include killings, enforced disappearances, torture, assaults on human dignity etc., committed against Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied Crimea. These atrocities are the subject of criminal proceedings in Ukraine, are being considered by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court as part of a preliminary study of the situation in Ukraine. They are also condemned by the international community, in particular in the annual resolutions of the UN General Assembly 71/205 of 19.12.2016, 72/190 of 19.12.2017, 73/263 of 22.12.2018, 74/168 of 18.12.2019 “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)”.

As to the water supply to the population of the temporarily occupied Crimea, as in the case of provision of other resources, food and medical supplies to the temporarily occupied territories, in accordance with the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, it is full responsibility of the occupying state - the Russian Federation.

Any statements of alleged violations of international law by Ukraine in connection with the cessation of water supply are insignificant in terms of international law and, apparently, are intended “to appoint a culprit” for the costs being borne by Russia for the seventh year in a row as a result of illegal occupation of Crimea and the large-scale militarization of the peninsula, for which Russian taxpayers pay.

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