“We are getting the latest news on the radio because when you have no electricity and the Internet is down, portable radios remain the only source of information about what is going on in Crimea and elsewhere in the world,” said a local resident who had come to Simferopol to buy a radio and a battery-charged lamp.
Seventy years after the end of WW2 Crimeans are lining up for kerosene again and LED lamps, torchlights and cells are selling like hot cakes.
During a State Council meeting earlier this week President Vladimir Putin underscored the need to ensure non-stop provisional power generation on the Black Sea peninsula.
Following the electricity blackout, Crimea declared a state of emergency and switched to locally-based emergency power generation.
Medical and other crucial elements of the social infrastructure are on backup power.