In the Kherson region of Ukraine, the Russian military guarded the hydrotechnical junction of the North Crimean Canal, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Military engineers blew up a concrete dam that cut off water supply to Crimea in 2014. The clearing work will take about two weeks, said the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov.
The North Crimean Canal was built in 1961-1971 to provide water to the low-water and arid territories of the Kherson and Crimean regions of the Ukrainian SSR with water intake from the Kakhovka reservoir specially built in the lower reaches of the Dnieper. The width of the channel at its beginning is 150 m, the depth is 7 m. The average annual runoff is 380 m/s.
Now the military is “carrying out work to clean the canal from trees and shrubs by mechanical means using special military equipment to restore its design marks.”
According to Mr. Aksenov, there are problems at the site, the solution of which will take some time. “Part of the channel channel on the territory of Ukraine is overgrown with forest. The clearing work will take about two weeks,” Mr. Aksenov said. He noted that “Crimeans suffered the consequences of the water blockade for a long time, so two weeks won’t make the weather better for us.” By Monday, February 28, a road map will be formed, the situation will be reported to President Vladimir Putin.
Sergei Aksenov noted that the flow of water to the Crimea will not create any problems for the residents of the Kherson region. The Ministry of Defense also reported that the water supply would be restored in the interests of the residents of the Kherson region.
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine. It continues for the third day.
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