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A blog note reminded me how quickly the RF built the bridge after Crimea's '14 referendum and how frankly despicable are gov.ua responsibility to protect persons resident ("all nationalities"—UA Constitution) within its sacred, sovereign borders.
Meanwhile, Crimean Parliamentarian Vladimir Konstantinov made a perceptive remark about the very nature of the Kiev regime and the "Ukrainian vandals" who committed this act: "In the entire 23 years [of Ukrainian rule over Crimea], their government has not been able to build one single thing on this pensinsula. And now they have succeeded in destroying a highway lane on the bridge. Breaking and destroying things -- that's the only thing they are capable of. Let them take pride in that."
yes, 1991-2014, compounded by this vindictive, man-made disaster purportedly a violation of some charter or the other...before 24 Feb 2022.
In 2014, in response to the ["]annexation["] of Crimea, Kyiv decided to cut off the water supply to the peninsula. Chronic water shortages have been an acute problem ever since.

Crimea has always depended on the water supply from the mainland. The 400-kilometer-long [!] North Crimean Canal (NCC) carried water from Ukraine's biggest river, Dnipro, to the peninsula. Before the occupation, the canal provided 85% of drinkable water to Crimea.
Impact on civilians

Without water from the mainland, Crimea has to rely on its own water resources to support the local population. The peninsula has 23 reservoirs, with 15 in-stream and 8 off-stream reservoirs. The latter used to receive water from the North Crimean Canal. Now they are filled with water from rivers and wells. While the local water resources are limited, for the last six years they provided enough water to meet the needs of the local population.

However, without a stable water supply from the mainland, the peninsula and its water resources are heavily affected by weather conditions. In 2018, after a severe drought, one of the largest rivers of Crimea, the Biyuk-Karasu, dried up. This year, due to a second consecutive winter with low snowfall, several reservoirs supplying water to the major cities on the peninsula stand almost empty.....

US News Reuters | Russian Forces Unblock Water Flow for Canal to Annexed Crimea, Moscow Says, 24 Feb 2022 short shrift
by Cat on Mon Oct 10th, 2022 at 04:52:48 PM EST
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This Bloomberg article would be funny were it not buried by a pay wall and years of Ukraine's "investment" priorities.
Crimea's Water Crisis Is an Impossible Problem for Putin, 19 Mar 2021
President Vladimir Putin's Black Sea gem looks increasingly like a millstone.
Sanctions-inflated prices, high even after a $3.7 billion bridge over the Kerch Strait linked the territory to Russia, have meanwhile eaten away at pension and salary increases. Opinion polls are hard to come by, but anecdotal evidence reveals building frustration.

The need to pour even more cash into Crimea means Russians elsewhere may lose out.
Water isn't the only struggle, but it's been the toughest to resolve, especially since winning the return of Crimea remains a priority for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk*. Last month, the Simferopol reservoir was 7% full. Without water from the Dnieper River, Crimea's arable land has shrunk, from 130,000 hectares in 2013 -- already a fraction of Soviet-era levels -- to 14,000 in 2017. Thirsty crops like rice have shriveled. ...

by Cat on Mon Oct 10th, 2022 at 05:07:23 PM EST
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