Crimea blackout: unidentified persons blow up electricity towers; state of emergency declared


November 22, 2015 –

RT – 

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski

Authorities of the Republic of Crimea have adopted a decision on the imposition of a state of emergency following the blackout on the peninsula. As was reported earlier, unidentified persons blew up remaining energy transmission poles which supplied electricity to Crimea. According to the latest information, electricity has been partially restored in Simferopol. 

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The head of Crimea’s Ministry for Emergency Situations information department, Vladimir Ivanov, reported to RIA Novosti that “A state of emergency has been introduced in connection with the total termination of Crimea’s electric power supply from Ukraine.” Earlier, information appeared that unidentified persons blew up two power transmission towers which powered Crimea’s electricity. Residential areas of the republic have experienced a total blackout. 

“Important infrastructural and social facilities in Crimea are being connected to emergency power supplies. In particular, we are talking about social facilities such as the operating facilities of hospitals,” Ivanov said. 

According to him, generators will allow a partial supply of power to some areas of Crimea, particularly in Simferopol, where there are mobile connections. 

We recall that the first two electricity towers which supplied energy to the peninsula were blown up by unknown persons on November 20. Later, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation reported that Ukraine has promised to restore damaged lines. Also, in connection with the situation, operational headquarters for supplying electricity to Crimea have been created in Russia.

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