12152017

Crimea reportedly under state of emergency after losing electricity

The entire region of Crimea is under a state of emergency Sunday after losing power when two of the region’s remaining power pylons were blown up, according to a published report.

Sky News reports Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry declared the state of emergency until power is fully restored. Officials believe the loss of the pylons is the second attack in the last few days.

Two of the other pylons connecting the region were brought down by similar circumstances. Nearly two million people are now without power. At least three cities in the region are running on emergency local generators, according to the BRC news agency.

“The nature of the damage shows that it took place as a result of shelling or the use of explosive devices,” Ukraine’s state power company Ukrenergo said in a statement.

Mikhail Sheremet, Crimea’s deputy prime minister, said local hospitals have backup power sources and would not be affected, according to BBC.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, but the region is dependent on Ukraine for all its electricity.

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