President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the construction of a dam on the North Crimean Canal was not included in the state project “Big Construction”.
According to RIA Novosti, answering journalists’ questions about the construction of the dam, the head of Ukraine said that “the media sometimes throw up good ideas.”
We will remind that earlier the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, Anton Korinevich, whose office is located in the Kherson region, announced plans to complete the dam on the North Crimean Canal in order to “maximally exclude water from entering” the territory of the peninsula.
Earlier, the initiative of the Ukrainian authorities was commented on by the head of the Crimean State Committee for Interethnic Relations Albert Kangiev. He noted that the forecasts and plans that Ukrainian politicians draw for themselves are “simply ridiculous.”
“What else is the construction of a dam we are talking about to prevent water from entering the North Crimean Canal, when water has not been supplied from Ukraine through the canal for more than six years, but, nevertheless, we are coping with all the challenges and tasks,” Kangiev emphasized.
It should be noted that before the reunification of the Crimea with the Russian Federation, Ukraine provided up to 85% of the region’s needs for fresh water, but then completely stopped the water supply to the peninsula. Last October, the head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that the peninsula had actually started implementing a federal plan to ensure sustainable water supply. The facilities for supplying Crimea with water are being built ahead of schedule. All projects must be completed by March 2021.