State of emergency declared in Crimea after activists ‘blow up’ electricity pylons

Crimea left without power after power pylons blown up in what appears to be the latest attempt to enforce an economic blockade on the region which was annexed by Russia in March 2014

Russian authorities have declared a state of emergency in Crimea after nearly two million people on the peninsular were left without power by the destruction of two pylons carrying electricity from Ukraine.

The Russian Energy Ministry did not say what had caused the outages, but Russian media reported that two pylons in the Kherson region of Ukraine north of Crimea had been blown up by Ukrainian nationalists.

A blackout affecting the entire Crimean peninsular struck just after midnight on Sunday, the local power company, Krymenergo said. UkrEnergo, the Ukrainian grid company, said repairs would be completed within two days.

Russia’s Energy Ministry said in a statement that two power lines bringing power from Ukraine to Crimea had been affected, as a result of which 1,896,000 people had been left without power.

Officials said staggered outages of water and electricity supply were unavoidable following the outage. Residents would be informed of a timetable for cut offs later on Sunday, officials said.

“Crimea is completely cut off,” Viktor Plakida, the director of Crimea Energy, told Russia’s Tass news agency.

Two of four pylons that supply the peninsular with electricity from Ukraine’s Kherson region were originally damaged by explosions on Friday and Saturday, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Full article: State of emergency declared in Crimea after activists ‘blow up’ electricity pylons (The Telegraph)

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