The head of the Russia-controlled “Yevpatorian town administration”, Roman Tikhonchuk, today was forced to admit the flooding of a part of the former children’s resort, namely, Simferopolskaya Street, which has been going on for several days. According to the collaborator, “wind with gusts up to 25 meters per second caused the formation of a surge wave”. In fact, the flooding occurred due to a rise in the level of the northwestern, desalinated part of Lake Sasyk-Sivash, as a result of heavy precipitation and rapid melting of snow in a Western Crimea this week. Back in 2007, in order to prevent such flooding, the Ukrainian authorities built a capital outlet canal of adequate capacity, which allowed excess fresh water from Sasyk to go out to Black Sea’s Kalamit Bay. But with the beginning of the Russia’s occupation of Crimea, this coastal area of the town, in particular the – coastal areas located directly at the canal, were barbarously built up with high-rise buildings, which had an extremely negative impact on the Sasyk’s hydrology.

But an increase in the level of the freshwater part of Lake Sasyk-Sivash is fraught not only with the destruction of a significant part of the resort area and flooding of the railway, elevators and the old Yevpatorian town cemetery. The problem is that the current blockage of the canal, built by Ukraine, may lead to the breakthrough of fresh Sasyk-Sivash waters through the dam into its southeastern salty part, into the so-called “pink lake”. And, accordingly, it will cause to erosion of lake’s Cape Krasny in the Saki District, where this dam begins. At the same time, toxic dumps of the Saki Chemical Plant, which until 1987 produced components of Soviet chemical weapons from the Sasyk-Sivash Lake’s brine, as well as other extremely toxic substances for Soviet industry, have been buried on that remote steppe cape since Soviet times.

The current situation is aggravated by the fact that Russia-controlled “administration” “granted permission” for the active extraction of building materials on lake’s Cape Krasny, next to the burial ground of hazardous substances, despite the fact that these territories were allegedly referred by the aggressor State to the nature reserve fund, for example – plot “number 90:11:000000:3566” of so called “State nature reserve of regional significance of the Republic of Crimea” “Sasiksky”. Our Association will carefully monitor the further Russian invaders’ influence on the Lake Sasyk-Sivash’s hydrology, which threaten the Western Crimea with a large-scale ecological catastrophe.