Ukraine blocks electricity supply to Crimea
Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov twitted that several Crimean cities — Feodosia, Yalta, Kerch and others — partly remain without electricity.
Information was confirmed by calls from the eastern Crimea residents, who report that on March 23 in the evening the light was turned off.
Press-service of DTEK Krymenergo power distributor reported that the emergency shutdown schedule was introduced in connection with the repair of Kakhovka-Ostrovskaya and Melitopol-Dzhankoi power lines that are the property of Ukrenergo. Power lines have been disconnected after discovery of contingency-level defects.
Meanwhile, other information sources report that Ukrenergo national energy operator halved the supply of electricity to the Crimea.
According to Sergei Aksenov, this Kiev decision looks like an ordinary blackmail, since Crimea has no energy payment debts to Ukraine. He also reminded that Ukraine owes Russia $16 billion.
First Deputy Prime Minister Crimea Rustam Temirgaliev thinks that this is Kiev’s revenge on Crimea for secession to the Russian Federation. According to him, this is the last-ditch argument for the peninsula residents. If the energy blockade continues, the Crimea would move to hourly electricity supply, and then will completely abandon the services of Ukraine power companies.
“We are preparing to install nine mobile power stations that generate a large enough volume — this would take about one and a half months. If Kiev behaves this way, we’ll have about one and a half months of limited power consumption, then the things will be easier,” said Temirgaliev.