SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — Crimea was plunged into darkness last week after Ukrainian nationalists blew up pylons that support electricity lines from Ukraine. Kiev claims that "activists" have been obstructing repair works.
"Yesterday we concluded preparations that will allow the Crimean side to take in electricity [from southern Russia's Krasnodar region] via an energy bridge," chief controller Andrei Anokhin of Crimea’s state-run Krymenergo company told Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
Novak arrived in Crimea’s capital Simferopol early Sunday to visit the head office of Krymenergo, which controls the regional power grid.
Following the outage, Crimea declared a state of emergency and switched to locally-based emergency power generation.
Earlier this week, Novak said that Moscow could respond to the Crimea blackout by halting coal deliveries to Ukraine.