Ukraine has reduced electric power supply to Crimea, Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said on Monday.
"The reduction of power supply is an attempt of Kiev to blackmail the Russian Federation via Crimea, which is aimed to gain something," Kryminform cited Temirgaliyev as saying.
"The reason is stupidity of these people, I cannot think about any other explanation. We have no debts. There are no grounds for blackouts whatsoever. They are just "drilling" us, so to say," the first vice-premier said.
The republican authorities were prepared for that scenario. "Crimea was prepared for such a turn of events. We walked into it with our eyes open. We will have to cut consumption, but we will not have any catastrophe, crisis or collapse, that is for sure," he said.
Kiev used its last lever of influence on Crimea when it cut down power supply, Temirgaliyev said.
Three 330 kV transmission lines connect Crimea to Ukraine. "The Ukrainian supplier, NPC Ukrenergo, halved the electric power supply by those transmission lines. That is, the peninsula gets 50 percent of the planned [power supply]," Temirgaliyev said.
Following the power supply reduction, the Crimean Electric Power System started rolling blackouts on the peninsula consistent with the regulations, he said.
DTEK Krymenergo told Interfax earlier that electric power consumption in Crimea had been limited to 300 megawatt because of repairs of the Kakhovka-Ostrovskaya and Melitopol-Dzhankoy transmission lines owned by NPC Ukrenergo.
"Power supply to some of our customers has been stopped for reasons beyond our control. We offer our apologies and hope that Ukrenergo rapidly repairs two transmission lines, which supply the peninsula with electric power," the press service quoted DTEK Krymenergo General Director Eduard Sokolovsky as saying.
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