The destruction of the Kakhovka dam doubtlessly poses issues for a canal supplying water to Crimea that has for years been a point of geopolitical tension between Kyiv and Moscow, Russian officers warned on Tuesday.
The canal, the Northern Crimean Canal, runs roughly 250 miles from the reservoir above the dam right down to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed illegally in 2014.
For years, it served as Crimea’s essential water useful resource, however shortly after the annexation, Ukraine blocked the movement of water. Russia restored it after invading final yr and occupying the territory across the canal.
The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, mentioned in a briefing on Tuesday that water ranges within the reservoir had been falling on account of the dam’s destruction, lowering provide to the canal. Solely a small portion of the canal’s water provide is used for consuming water. Most of it’s used for agricultural functions in Crimea.
Sergei Aksyonov, the Kremlin-installed chief of Crimea, mentioned on Tuesday that there was a danger of the water within the canal turning into shallow.
Writing on the Telegram messaging app, Mr. Aksyonov mentioned that 40 million cubic meters of water remained within the canal and that work was being achieved to reduce losses. He mentioned reservoirs in Crimea had been 80 p.c full, including that there was ample consuming water for the peninsula’s residents.
“Within the coming days, the state of affairs might be clear, in addition to the attainable dangers,” Mr. Aksyonov wrote.