The actions of the occupation authorities of Crimea will lead to salinization of soils and man-made disasters on the peninsula, according to Yuriy Hrymchak, Deputy Head of the Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
He noted that Ukraine could not assess the damage in the occupied territories because it has no access to them.
“The lack of water and improper actions by the occupation authorities in raising the artesian water will lead to salinization of soils and man-made disasters, which has happened. Step-by-step Crimea actually became anhydrous. As for the victims in the Crimean territories, we do not have access to them, we cannot estimate the actual damage.”
The Deputy Minister emphasized that the restoration of the annexed Crimea will take many years.
“In 1954, when the peninsula joined Ukraine, it was a semi-desert, a solid salt marsh, on which nothing was growing. After the construction of the North-Crimean canal, the water went to the peninsula, which gave an opportunity to engage in agricultural activities here. But this took 10 years. So much time the salt was washed off with fresh water. The salt went down and the land became suitable for use.”
After the Crimea was cut off the water supply following the occupation of the peninsula, additional artesian wells were drilled, due to which the salt again rose to the surface.
“When the Crimea returns under the control of Ukraine, it will take years to wash off the salt again, as well as to restore everything that started dying, like after the disaster in the city of Armyansk. One thing is that we will claim compensation from Russia.”
Reportedly, the Russian Federation is manipulating chemical disaster in Armyansk. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that Russia is trying to use chemical emissions in the Armyansk in the occupied Crimea not in the context of international law, but in the humanitarian context. In this regard, the Foreign Ministry has drafted an appeal to the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons due to emissions at the Crimean Titan plant. He stressed that Ukraine would not allow Russia to use this issue in the context of water supply manipulation.