Water supply to Crimea can be cut off after liberation of Tavriysk, says Kherson councilor
Once Ukraine regains control of town, it can close sluice that feeds water into canal (Photo:REUTERS/Stringer)
Ukraine may again completely cut off the water supply to Russian-occupied Crimea, Kherson Oblast Council member Sergey Khlan said during a briefing on Nov. 15.
To achieve this, the Armed Forces of Ukraine need to liberate Tavriysk in Kakhovka district of Kherson Oblast, which is in Russian-occupied left-bank Kherson Oblast.
"When we are able to take control of the town of Tavriysk, located between Nova Kakhovka and Kakhovka, then we can discuss closing the sluice and cutting off water to Crimea,” he said.
Khlan explained that the main structure of the North Crimean Canal is located in Tavriysk, where it is possible to cut off the water supply, which after the blasting of the dam in Chaplynka district flows to the peninsula due to gravity.
In turn, the head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov noted earlier that Russians failed to restore the water supply to Crimea in full, as it requires the uninterrupted operation of the entire system of hydraulic structures.
On Nov. 11, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the complete withdrawal of its occupation troops from the city of Kherson, on the right-bank of the River Dnipro in Kherson Oblast.
The Russian side was forced to retreat in order to preserve the remnants of its grouping against the backdrop of a counter-offensive by Ukraine’s army
On the same day, the first units of the Ukrainian army entered the city and were greeted by a joyful crowd of local residents.
After the loss of Kherson, the Kremlin regime declared its readiness for peace talks "without preconditions."
In turn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine replied that for this, Moscow must fulfill a number of requirements, above all – to withdraw its troops from the whole of Ukraine.
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