Russia is fighting for Ukraine's natural resources, in particular, water, energy, and food. This was stated by the leading researcher of the Institute of Geophysics named after S.I. Subbotin of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, professor, member of the Expert Council of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Crimea Svitlana Boichenko, during the presentation of the study "Environmental and climatic discrimination in occupied Crimea: dimensions and threats".
"Look what is happening: the war started. So, what do the invaders capture, especially when we are talking about the southern regions of Ukraine? – Resources. They blew up the dam so that the water would go away, they seized the power structures so that there would be energy, they take all the products of the southern regions to Crimea (…) Here is this struggle for resources – In fact, one of the causes of the war. Because Russia attacked Ukraine, in addition to the fact that there are political points, but also because it is fighting for the resources of our country", Boichenko said.
The scientist emphasized that during the period of occupation, uncontrolled constructions took place on the territory of Crimea on the coast of the Black and Azov Seas and protected areas.
"This is predatory use of various natural resources, environmental pollution as a result of intensive construction of a bridge and highway. As well as man-made accidents like the Titan", Boichenko noted.
She added that at the same time, the population is not provided with truthful information about the unfavorable ecological situation on the peninsula.
"Inefficient management, an unfavorable ecological situation, predatory use of the resource, which is carried out in Crimea, it is not only subsoil, but also underground water, which is pumped out without limit, all this is a manifestation of ecological and climatic discrimination", the professor emphasized.