Valentyna Vasilyeva / Crimean Pravda

Rapid soil salinization is threatening to cause another environmental disaster in the Russian-occupied Crimea.

In the settlement of Dmytrivka in Radyansky district, the locals started noticing the water of the large Sivash lake nearby becoming more saline, according to a local news outlet "Primechaniya."

"Sivash has become more saline, trees are dying as a result. They dry out, then people cut them for firewood, but that wood smells differently than before – as if it had been soaked in saline," reads the report.

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