Any government, any politician who will order to open dike sluices of the North Crimean Canal will not stay long in the office — the people will evict them from the post, Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov says.

‘As for the water supply, I would like to remind once again: there is enough water for the Crimean population. There is a lack of water for economic activity, military garrisons and warships. At the same time, Russia uses repressions and persecution to expel Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians from the peninsula and to substitute them with Russian citizens. Sure thing, hundreds of new buildings require infrastructure and water. We won’t provide water from the Dnipro River for this’, Refat Chubarov said.

He also added that Ukraine would resume water supply to Crimea, ‘as soon as the last soldier leaves the peninsula’.

‘Water supply under occupation without clear understanding of Crimea’s future de facto means Ukraine accepts alienation of its territory and recognises Russia’s attempted annexation. This will be beginning of Ukraine’s disintegration’, Refat Chubarov said.