Emergency declared in Crimea over power crisis

Disruption blamed on attacks on power pylons means large parts of region annexed by Russia are without electricity.

    A state of emergency has been declared in Crimea after pylons carrying electricity from Ukraine were blown up, cutting off power to almost two million people, according to local media and the Russian government.

    The Russian energy ministry did not say what had caused the outages but Russian media reported that two pylons in the Kherson region of Ukraine north of Crimea had been blown up by Ukrainian nationalists.

    According to Ukraine's state energy company, the damage was caused by either shelling or explosives.

    In Search of Putin's Russia - Kremlin Rules

    The pylons had already been damaged by the activists on Friday.

    The disruption on Saturday meant large parts of the region, which was annexed by Russia last year, went without electricity.

    According to the energy ministry, the explosion has left almost two million people without power.

    The ministry said emergency supplies had been turned on for critical needs and 13 mobile gas turbine generators were being prepared.

    On Saturday, the pylons were the scene of violent clashes between activists from the Right Sector nationalist movement and paramilitary police, Ukrainian media reported.

    In Ukraine's eastern Donbass region government troops are battling pro-Russian separatist rebels, which Ukraine accuses Russia of backing.

    Russia denies the charge.

     

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.