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Russia's Crimea Starts Supplying Gas to Ukrainian Town Hit by Energy Shortage

© REUTERS / Pavel RebrovA general view shows the facilities of a mobile gas turbine generator, which was turned on due to recent power outages after pylons carrying electricity were blown up, in the settlement of Stroganovka, Simferopol district of Crimea, November 22, 2015
A general view shows the facilities of a mobile gas turbine generator, which was turned on due to recent power outages after pylons carrying electricity were blown up, in the settlement of Stroganovka, Simferopol district of Crimea, November 22, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Russia's southwestern Republic of Crimea started on Saturday supplying natural gas to the southern Ukrainian town of Henichesk hit by energy shortage, the press service of the republic's government said in a statement.

SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to supply Henichesk at the request of the town's residents.

"After implementation of all necessary technical and scheduled activities, the chief engineer of Chernomorneftegaz's [oil and gas company] main gas pipelines has turned on the valve… The gas is being supplied," the statement said.

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The statement added that gas supplies started at 8:28 p.m. local time (17:28 GMT).

It is not the first time this year Russia supplies gas to Henichesk. On January 4, Russia turned on the gas for Henichesk after the request of local authorities. The request had been reportedly made by Henichesk Mayor Alexander Tulupov after Ukraine's infrastructure failed to supply enough natural gas to the town to provide residents with heating amid severe weather conditions.

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