World Bulletin / News Desk
The State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine has cut off the water supply to the breakaway Crimean peninsula via the North Crimean Canal.
Citing a lack of constructive proposals on contractual arrangements to meet water needs of the peninsula, Ukraine cut off the water supply after the Crimean authorities refused to pay for the Dnieper water delivered last year, Ukrinform reported.
"The North Crimean Canal is working in an operational mode, which is adjusted according to the needs of water users in Kherson region, due to the lack of constructive proposals on contractual arrangements to meet water needs of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for drinking water supply and irrigation," a statement read.
The North-Crimean Canal administration, which supplies 85% of Crimea's fresh water, is demanding a payment of UAH 1.7 million for the water used by Crimea in 2013.
However, the annexation of Crimea by Russia following a March 16 referendum, in which the mainly ethnic Russian population of Crimea voted to join Russia, has left the issue of old debts in limbo.
The State Administration of Ukraine (Ukrzaliznytsia) also warned commuters traveling between Ukraine and Crimea to expect delays on their journey, as the State Border Service of Ukraine and Crimean 'self-defense' forces increase their checks on train services.
"In the conditions of the unstable situation in the country, the State Border Service of Ukraine conducts checks of trains at Vadym, Kherson, Melitopol and Ilovaisk stations, which results in delays to trains. The Crimean ‘self-defense forces’ checks trains at Dzhankoi station, and the trains are delayed by up to one hour on average," the administration said.
The state border was set between Ukraine and Crimea to foresee 40-minute stops for checks after the rules of its crossing started operating from April 25.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2014, 17:19