The Crimean authorities intend to sue Ukraine for organizing five blockades of the peninsula. This was announced on Tuesday, August 3, by the head of the committee on legislation of the state council of the republic, deputy head of the working group of the regional parliament on assessing the consequences of the blockade, Sergei Trofimov.
“In total, several lawsuits will be filed for the organization of five blockades against the peninsula: water, energy, transport, food and banking,” they say.RIA News»The words of Trofimov.
He noted that the most ambitious in terms of the amount of damage will be claims for water and energy blockades.
“We intend to file the first claim in the fall on the water blockade. The basis of the claim has already been formed. Now there is a documentary confirmation of the amount of damage, literally to a penny, “- said Trofimov.
Preliminary, the amount of damage caused by the water blockade is 1.47 trillion rubles, concluded the head of the committee on legislation of the state council of the republic.
The day before, Trofimov said that the working group, which is collecting materials and preparing a claim against Ukraine for damage caused by the water blockade of Crimea, plans to submit documents to court by the end of 2021.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on July 30 that the government will allocate more than 2 billion rubles for the repair of water pipelines in Crimea.
On the same day, it was reported that the first batch of water was extracted from sources under the Sea of Azov for the needs of the Republic of Crimea. Analysis of water quality will be carried out until September. In turn, the specialists of Rosgeology confirmed the presence of groundwater reserves under the bottom of the Sea of Azov.
On July 22, Russia applied to the ECHR with an interstate complaint against Ukraine on the basis of Art. 33 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In particular, they talked about blocking the North Crimean Canal as the main source of fresh water for the inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula.
In 2014, Ukraine cut off the water supply to Crimea through the North Crimean Canal, which provided up to 90% of the peninsula’s needs. Currently, residents and enterprises of the region receive water from local sources. Russian President Vladimir Putin assured that the problem with the water supply to Crimea will be resolved and the authorities will not save on this.
Crimea returned to Russia following the 2014 referendum. 96.77% of the region’s residents and 95.6% of the voters of Sevastopol voted for the accession. The procedure was carried out in accordance with international law. Meanwhile, Kiev considers the peninsula to be its temporarily occupied territory. Moscow has repeatedly stated that the issue of the subject’s ownership is closed forever.