SIMFEROPOL, October 25. /TASS/. Ukraine has reaffirmed its status as a terrorist state with its recent claims about destroying the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam, says Russian Federation Council member for Crimea Olga Kovitidi.
On Tuesday, several Ukrainian media outlets reported on a claim made by Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Alexey Danilov, who said that, if the Kakhovka dam is blown up, Crimea will be left without water for 10-15 years or maybe even forever.
"Ukraine has been a terrorist state for Crimeans since 2014. Throughout these eight years, Ukraine has consistently sought to carry out acts of sabotage and terrorism," Kovitidi said. "Therefore, this kind of speculation by Danilov is no surprise to us. We in Crimea understand that this is a terrorist state, a barbaric state. And the statement is just as barbaric."
The senator noted that presently the risks from the destruction of the Kakhovka dam are primarily borne by the Ukrainian regions that receive electricity from it. Meanwhile, the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions currently receive power generated by Crimean thermal power plants, she added.
On October 18, the Kherson Region’s Acting Governor Vladimir Saldo announced that civilians will be relocated from the right-bank part of the region to the left bank of the Dnieper River because of the threat of flooding, which could occur if the Ukrainian military strikes the Kakhovka dam.