As “ARC” noticed already, on March 18, 2021, Russian propaganda, including the “official Internet resources”, reported on the “successful launch” of the Beshterek-Zuya water supply system, which was to provide 20-22 thousands cubic meters of artesian water to Simferopol daily. The full operation of this water supply system was announced by the Russia-controlled “Council of Ministers” to mid-April 2021. Funding of this system was done regarding to the Russian Government’s prescripts, 2020 № 2668-р and 2021 № 596-p.

As it followed from the images of pumping station’s equipment distributed by the “Crimean authorities” [1], [2], their main component is “Siemens” engines for pumps. Under these circumstances, “ARC” sent an official letter to “Siemens” headquarters in Munich, to the Austrian company “Siemens”, to its subsidiary in Kyiv and to the “Siemens” branch in Moscow. More, those pumps, as it flows from the photo and video of the pumping station, broadcasted by Russia’s propaganda, are the common production of German and Austrian “Siemens” and of Danish concern “Grundfos”.

As it was announced in September, 2019 “Siemens” and “Grundfos” signed a digital partnership framework for strategic cooperation between the two companies. Such partnership “focused on the complementary products and solutions provided by both parties in three main areas: water and wastewater applications, industrial automation and building technology” [3]. And, as it was pointed after, in a pilot project for condition monitoring, “Grundfos” and “Siemens” are “setting new standards” by “digital, cloud-based solution” “to monitor motors, pumps, and systems, and use plant data for process optimization” [4]. So “ARC” sent on April, 4 another official letter, to the “Grundfos” headquarters in Bjerringbro, Denmark, and to its subsidiaries in Kyiv and Moscow requesting this company to present the public explanations on its own activities in the Crimea.

For this moment both European companies did not answer to our Association on the abovementioned issues, despite the huge public discussion on this topic, started by “ARC” and reflected by the key Ukrainian independent media.

Such silence may be explained by the purpose of this pump station is to provide the additional water supply to Russian military bases in the Crimea, which function illegally in Simferopol District and for more than 100 thousands of Russian citizens, resettled by the Russian Government illegally to Simferopol. So this pump station is a direct tool of the international crimes, committed by the Russian de-facto authorities in Crimea that are now the subject of consideration by the International Criminal Court.

More, this pump station is the tool of ecocide the unique Crimean Zuya river valley’s hydrologic ecosystem as this station’s functioning will cause the further dehydration of these areas, will destroy its unique landscapes. More, dehydration the Zuya valley will cause the social disaster for this valley’s residents including the indigenous Crimean Tatar People. And more, the supply of engineering equipment to the Crimea is banned by the European Union’s sanctions, which are in force. So deliveries, maintenance and insurance of the relevant “Grundfos” and “Siemens” equipment to the Beshterek-Zuya water intake’s pump station is the brutal violation of the European Union’s sanctions policy.

Such situation explains not only the silence of the “Grundfos” and “Siemens” but the attempts of the Russian government to hide the participation of those European companies in the project. For example Russian propaganda stated that relevant contracts on 186,8 million [5] and 1371,1 million [6] rubles were done by “Crimean administration” with Moscow company “Sovremennye Sysytemy Innopvatzii” (“Modern Innovation Systems”).

More, on April 2 Russian media “Vedomosty” placed the interview of the Director-General of Moscow “VDK” Company, located in free economic zone “Technopolis Moscow” Hennadiy Degtev, who proclaimed that allegedly “VDK” was the company which supplied and installed on the Beshterek-Zuya water intake’s pumping station “seven pumps, a complex that includes manifolds, hydraulic expansion joints and various shut-off and control valves, as well as a power supply and control system for the entire station” [7].

The same mechanism was used by “Siemens” in 2017 when the gas turbines made by this German industrial giant and allegedly meant for Russia have ended up in Crimea, in direct violation of European Union’s sanctions. Then “Siemens” declared itself as a “victim of fraud” and even “filed a complaint” in Moscow against its Russian partner company and, according to news agencies, even against its own joint venture [8]. But then the proceeding was started in Germany against the company’s officers that committed the relevant activities. It is possible that modern brutal actions of “Grundfos” and “Siemens” in the Crimea will cause some more essential consequences.

1. https://rk.gov.ru/photo-report/show/457

2. https://www.facebook.com/SovetMinistrov/photos/a.301565699991963/1868345769980607/

3. https://press.siemens.com/global/en/pressrelease/siemens-and-grundfos-sign-digital-partnership-tackle-global-water-challenges-and-save

4. https://new.siemens.com/global/en/company/stories/industry/grundfos-fb-cloud-digitalization.html

5. https://zakupki.gov.ru/epz/contract/contractCard/common-info.html?reestrNumber=2910218742820000197

6. https://zakupki.gov.ru/epz/contract/contractCard/payment-info-and-target-of-order.html?reestrNumber=2910218742820000196

7. https://www.vedomosti.ru/press_releases/2021/03/30/moskovskaya-kompaniya-obespechila-oborudovaniem-vodozabor-v-simferopole

8. https://www.dw.com/en/siemens-sees-itself-as-a-victim-in-the-crimean-affair/a-39648494