So-called "state authorities" in occupied Crimea illegitimate – Zelensky's envoy

12:00, 14 August 2019
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"Another spin by the Russian occupying authorities regarding the Dnipro water [supplies] led us to recall some rather simple, but at the same time important, things related to Crimea," he wrote on Facebook.

Korinevych said the so-called "permanent representative office of the Republic of Crimea under the president of the Russian Federation" could not be considered legitimate since Crimea is the territory of Ukraine, therefore it is the representative office of the president of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, headed by the permanent envoy of the president of Ukraine in Crimea, that is the legitimate body.

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In addition, he emphasized the so-called "security" agencies of the Russian Federation in Crimea (police, FSB, prosecutors, etc.) could not be considered legitimate for the same reason: Crimea is part Ukraine.

"All the so-called 'state authorities' created by the occupying state in Crimea are illegitimate," Korinevych said.

"Each occupation has its end. And we all need to consider what will happen to our Crimea when its occupation by the Russian Federation ends," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on August 12, permanent representative of the annexed Crimea under the president of Russia Georgy Muradov said that the Crimea "authorities" intended to appeal to the Russian leadership with a request to initiate a negotiation process with Ukraine on restoring water supplies from the Dnipro River to the peninsula.

At the same time, Korinevych said Ukraine had blocked a technological canal located on its territory, rather than the Dnipro River bed, and had every right to do so.

UNIAN memo. Water coming from the Dnipro River in mainland Ukraine through the North Crimean Canal provided up to 85% of the peninsula needs. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia in the spring of 2014, the supply of water through the canal was stopped by the decision of the Ukrainian authorities.

Water reserves in Crimea are replenished from natural runoff reservoirs and underground sources. At the same time, ecologists pay attention to the fact that regular use of water from underground sources led to soil salinization there. Crimean occupation authorities regularly urge local residents to save water on the peninsula.

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