On November 21, power lines that supply Ukrainian energy to Crimea were damaged. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry later said that the power lines were blown up. Most of the region was in darkness after electricity was cut. Crimea declared a state of emergency and switched to locally-based power generation. Medical and other crucial elements of the social infrastructure are on backup power. On November 22, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a memo that up to 13 gas turbine electric generators were bought online to provide power for Crimea for up to a month. Emergency electricity and water supply schedules have been introduced on the peninsula.
"Begin," Vladimir Putin stated at a teleconference with participants of the launch, ordering the official start of electricity supplies.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry delivered water and Christmas gifts to the children of the National Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation in the Crimean capital of Simferopol amid the energy blackout.
In the "Fairy Tale" zoo located in the city of Yalta, Crimea a rare Bengal tiger cub has died due to the cold, which was caused by the power outages a week after Ukrainian nationalists blew up the pylons that support electricity lines from Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin attended the launch of the first leg of the power line ensuring direct supplies of electricity from Russia's main land to the Crimean peninsula.
Crimean electricity authorities are on standby to connect the Black Sea peninsula to Russia’s power grid, the Crimean state-run energy company said Sunday.
Some 2.5 million Crimeans were left without electricity last week when extremists blew up several transmission towers in southern Ukraine.
Boiler stations in the Republic of Crimea will be equipped with diesel generators amid electricity shortages caused by Crimea having been cut off from electricity supplies from Ukraine, the republic’s head Sergey Aksyonov said.
The reaction of Ukrainian partners to the electricity blackout in Crimea is surprising, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
Russian Energy Minister said that Moscow may respond to Kiev creating a blackout on the Crimean Peninsula by halting coal deliveries to Ukraine.
Germany's foreign ministry said that it considers the blackout of Crimea by extremist groups a criminal act.
The Russian government has no information as to whether Kiev has taken any action to restore electricity to Crimea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
According to Russian Emergencies Ministry, 2.5 million people were left without electricity in Crimea, after explosions that toppled high-tension wire support pylons.
Repairs to Ukraine’s electricity transmission lines supplying power to Crimea will not be performed until activists claiming responsibility are released, members of a so-called energy blockade said Monday.
On Saturday, Ukrainian police said that power lines in southern Ukraine supplying the Crimean peninsula with electricity were blown up by activists from the group which launched the unsuccessful, Kiev-sanctioned 'food blockade' of the peninsula in September. Sputnik brings you up to speed on the energy blockade and its potential consequences.
Crimea started to rely on reserve power generation on Sunday morning after a mysterious accident in Ukraine caused 1.9 million of the peninsula's 2.3 million residents to lose power.
Power transmission lines in southern Ukraine were damaged, cutting off electricity to Russia's Crimea.