Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Minprirody) to form a working group responsible for ensuring water supply for the Crimea, according to a statement published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia.
"To form and approve an interdepartmental working group responsible for the water supply of the Crimean peninsula and other regions affected by water shortages… Within the framework of this working group, to develop and present a program to address the issues of eliminating water shortages in the subjects of the Russian Federation,” the statement says. The group is required to provide update on its work by September 10.
The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation in March of 2014 in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. The Kremlin has faced international condemnation for its annexation of the Peninsula, leading many Western countries to impose economic sanctions against Russia. In the United Nations, only Afghanistan, Belarus, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Syria recognize Crimea as a legitimate federal subject of Russia.between tissues