4 March 2022
The North Crimean Canal was flowing again Thursday as water was restored to Crimea after it had been cutoff since the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia. Ukraine suspended the water supply by closing off the Soviet-built canal system fed by the Dnieper River, a major waterway that wind through the heart of the country.
Since then Crimea has faced water shortages. Local residents appeared delighted that the canal was flowing again."We haven't expected that it happens so quickly. Eight years seemed to be an enormous period for us," said local resident. When Russian troops took the city of Kherson, they could unblock the water canal and restore water supplies to the Crimean Peninsula.
The city of 300,000, is strategically located on the banks of the Dnieper River near where it flows into the Black Sea. According to local authorities, it will take two weeks to clean the canal so that it becomes operational.
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