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Ukraine is not going to help Russia to solve questions of water supply of the Crimea

Kiev is not going to help Moscow to solve problems with water supply of the Crimea, said on Monday the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Natalia Poklonskaya sent a letter to the UN high Commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet with calls to condemn the criminal actions of the Ukrainian authorities unilaterally blocked the supply of fresh water on the Peninsula, and to take measures for the resumption of the Dnieper water supply in the North-Crimean channel.

"We are closely monitoring the events taking place on the Crimean Peninsula. Of course, the situation there, I would say, is more than critical ... But we are not going to help Russia to solve its problems as an occupier," - said Kuleba in the broadcast program "Freedom of speech" on ICTV channel.

The main source of fresh water to Crimea is the North Crimean canal of the Dnieper river, provides 85% of the needs of people in clean and safe drinking water. However, after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia water flow through the channel in the Republic was completely stopped unilaterally.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue "is closed permanently."