Ukraine cuts Crimea's electricity by half

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ukraine reduces the electricity it supplies to Crimea by 50 percent

Ukraine reduces the electricity it supplies to Crimea by 50 percent

SIMFEROPOL, The Autonomous Republic of Crimea – Electricity to Crimea from Ukraine was cut by 50 percent, leaving major cities such as Yalta and Sevastopol without electricity on Sunday night, said Crimean Vice President Rustem Temirgaliev on Monday.

"We expected this move from Kiev" told Temirgaliev, and added, "Currently 900 mobile diesel power generators are operating for services such as health and infrastructure."

The Crimea receives most of its electricity, water and gas supply from Ukraine. Ukrainian electricity company Ukrenergo supplies most of Crimea's electricity. 

Moscow took control of Crimea on February 27-28. In a move widely condemned by the international community, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially signed into law a bill to annex Crimea on March 21.

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