Crimea's water supply, which was disrupted after the occupiers blew up the Kakhovka HPP, will be restored only by the summer of the next year.
Ihor Syrota, general director of Ukrhydroenergo, said this in a comment to CNN, Slovo i Dilo reports.
As known, there is no water supply to Crimea, because the water level in the Kakhovka reservoir is already much lower than what is needed to go along the Crimean Canal.
"It is clear that the Crimean Canal will be drained, there can be no water there. When Crimea is de-occupied, we will solve the issue comprehensively - water supply to our four regions and Crimea. I think it won't happen earlier than the next year," Sirota said.
According to him, if for some reason it is not possible to de-occupy Crimea, then the water supply channel will simply be blocked.
"First of all, we will supply Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Mykolaiv regions. These are the regions that will now experience a shortage of water, both drinking and industrial," said Syrota.