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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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