27 April 2014
Ukraine cuts water supply to Russia's Crimea
This photo tweeted on Thursday shows Crimea's key canal dry
Ukraine have closed the sluices of the North Crimean Canal, halting water supply from the Dnieper River to the peninsula, Ukraine's Unian news agency reported.
Supplying water to Crimea can be carried out through a backup plan, the Prime Minister of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said Saturday.
"Crimea will not be left without water! There is a backup plan. There are no problems with drinking water. Agricultural producers will be compensated for the losses,"
Aksyonov said on his Twitter page.
Crimea had received 85 percent of its fresh water through the canal, which stretches from the Khakhovka Reservoir towards the city of Kerch on the east coast of Crimea terminating just short of the city.
Earlier there were reports that Ukraine had suspended the water supply to Crimea, but the state department of water services denied these reports.
Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia following the coup in Kiev in February.