One of theories of air pollution in Crimea is deliberate chemicals release by Russia to make Ukraine resume water supply
Investigators have three leads they are working on regarding air pollution in Kherson region and temporarily occupied Crimea: air pollution over the wrong exploitation of plants in the north of Crimea, emission of chemicals after military exercises by Russia and deliberate air polluting by Russia for destabilization of the situation in Kherson region with the purpose of restoring water supplies to Crimea.
The press service of the main department of the National Police in Crimea reported on Tuesday that the police opened a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 241 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Air pollution) after recording the fact of chemical pollution from the territory of Crimea by Ukrainian border guard servicemen on September 4, 2018.
The police are investigating into the case via examination of witnesses, sending inquiries to competent authorities about the availability of possible source of pollution in the area and to health care institutions about facts of complaints about the state of health by citizens.
During the investigation, investigators put forward several leads: 1) the release of excessive sulphurous anhydride and sulfur oxide into the atmosphere, which was carried out in connection with the incorrect operation of the plants in the north of Crimea (Crimea Titan, Crimea Soda Plant and Crimean Bromic Plant); 2) the release of excessive sulphurous anhydride and sulfur oxide into the atmosphere, which occurred due to damage to waste tanks at the plants Crimea Titan, Crimea Soda Plant and Crimean Bromic Plant during military exercises by the Russian Federation; 3) the release of excessive sulphurous anhydride and sulfur oxide into the atmosphere was carried out by the Russian Federation with the aim of creating a massive information campaign against Ukraine to destabilize the situation in the south of Kherson region by organizing spontaneous meetings of local residents dissatisfied with the environmental situation on both sides of the administrative border with demands to unblock the dam of the Northern Crimean channel and restore the supply of water to the occupied Crimea to end the manmade catastrophe in the region.
The pretrial investigation is under way.