Beside the obvious point being made by the article, about the water problems in Crimea, note the information flow.
Within the Information Warfare program of Russia, there were nine proposed subordinate structures. One would coordinate the messages coming out of the national leadership of Russia. In this case the message was approved by Putin/Surkov, and the message itself was put out by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.
At the same time, since Russia is incapable of supplying water to Crimea, so it takes the opportunity to also blame Ukraine. Russia cannot admit failure, so it chooses to blame Ukraine for its own problems.
Instead of negotiating, instead of purchasing water, instead of bartering or making a trade, instead of just asking, Russia is preparing an ultimatum to demand water. Russia fail.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 1:00:22 PM
Russia is experiencing major problems with the water supply to the annexed Crimea. Draught is affecting the agriculture and the industry of the peninsula and the steppe could turn into a lifeless wasteland. In order to resolve this problem, Vladimir Putin may take a radical step – giving Ukraine an ultimatum, writes political columnist Sergey Stelmakh in a blog post for Krym.Realii.
“The Kremlin cannot acknowledge its own failure. Moscow is preparing the information groundwork for a future ultimatum to Ukraine: either Kyiv unblocks the North Crimean Canal, or the Kremlin will use force,” Stelmakh believes.
He also cites Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, who held a Russian government conference in the Crimea. Patrushev spoke about the catastrophic water supply situation on the peninsula and accused “hostile” Ukraine of attempting to destabilize the situation in the region.
“Patrushev’s statements are not simply the words of a regular official. We’re talking about a person in President Vladimir Putin’s close circle… And if Patrushev brought up the topic of water supply, it means that the matter has been discussed at a higher level in the Kremlin. And this is of fundamental significance,” the analyst observes.