Russian forces unblock water flow for canal to annexed Crimea, Moscow says

MOSCOW, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Russian forces restored water flow to a canal linking the Dnieper River in Ukraine to Russian-annexed Crimea, a Russian defence ministry spokesperson said on Thursday, as Russia pressed ahead with a vast military operation against Ukraine.

Ukraine cut off fresh water supply along the canal that had supplied 85% of the peninsula's needs after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014. The Soviet-era waterway was built to channel water from the Dnieper to arid areas of Ukraine's Kherson region and Crimea.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by Tom Balmforth

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