The head of the LDPR faction in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said the only, in his opinion, way to force Kiev to return water to Crimea, ending the blockade that has been going on since April 2014. He wrote about this in his Telegram channel.
Zhirinovsky is sure that only the construction of a dam at the source of the Dnieper in Russia is capable of influencing the Ukrainian authorities, which blocked the North Crimean Canal, which has supplied water to the peninsula for decades.
Ukraine can be quickly forced to supply water to Crimea. It is enough just to start building a dam at the source of the Dnieper in the Smolensk region. As a result, nothing will need to be blocked, I assure you, the very fact of the threat will be enough to bring Kiev to reason
- Zhirinovsky noted promisingly on April 16, 2021 in a messaging app.
Note that the mentioned idea does not belong to the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. This is a product of the collective creativity of the Russian political and expert community, born in the second half of 2020 against the background of a problematic situation with water in Crimea. But anyone who at least once in his life has seen a map of the catchment area of the entire Dnieper basin is unlikely to suggest such a thing.
The Dnieper River flows through the territory of the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine. Therefore, Moscow in any case would have to take into account the interests of Minsk. The length of the river is 2201 km, before the straightening of the channel and the appearance of reservoirs, its length was 2289 km. The total area of the water area is 504 thousand square meters. km. The depth varies from 4 to 18 m, the maximum width is 12 km, and the minimum is 30 m in the source area. The source of the river is located in the south of the Valdai Upland, at an altitude of 200 m above sea level, in the very swampy environs of the village of Bocharovo in the Smolensk region, 300 km from the capital of the region. It is in this area, for tens of kilometers, the width of the river does not exceed 30 meters. In the area of the city of Orsha in the Vitebsk region of the Republic of Belarus, the river already has a width of 120 m.
The Dnieper replenishes its reserves due to precipitation, and in different areas a certain type prevails (snow or rain), but underground sources also make a certain contribution. The riverbed of the Dnieper is also formed by tributaries that are located along its entire length. But most of them are concentrated in the upper reaches, from the source in the Smolensk region to the Kiev reservoir. In total, the Dnieper is fed by 15 thousand rivers and streams. The total length of the tributaries exceeds 67 thousand km.