Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
14th January, 2016
Crimea has completely abandoned the supply of electricity from Ukraine, said the first Vice-Premier of the Crimean government Mikhail Sheremet.
"We refused electricity from Ukraine once and for all, we don't need them, we never expect it. Lately we have not included them in the overall energy scheme of the Peninsula," said Sheremet.
According to him, Crimea is able to cover the demand for energy by increasing its own generation and supply from the Krasnodar region via an energy bridge.
"We are not serious about the Ukrainian authorities, because no there practically never was a Treaty to be maintained," said Sheremet.
Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev is ready to sign a contract on electricity supplies to Crimea, if the Peninsula in the contract is indicated as being a part of Ukraine.
Thus, according to the poll conducted by VTSIOM, 93.1% of the polled Crimeans did not agree on a contract with Kiev on the supply of electricity being tied to the wording about the ownership of the region of Ukraine.
According to the Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya, the damage from the detonation of the transmission lines to Crimea has exceeded 360 million rubles.
As was announced on 10 January the head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov, there is a shortage of electricity in Crimea of 30-35%. According to him, the Crimean authorities in emergency mode managed "good", but not "excellent".
He also said that the state of emergency associated with the energy deficit will continue in Crimea until at least May.
In early December, an energy bridge was launched from mainland Russia to Crimea, resulting in the power system of the Republic being all-Russian. On December 15th the second leg had increased its capacity to 400 MW. Two more strands of the power bridge totalling the same capacity are to be commissioned in the spring, which would make Crimea independent from Ukrainian electricity.
On the evening of December 30th, the flow of electricity to Crimea from Ukraine was once again interrupted on the 220 kV Kakhovka-Titan line. After that, Sevastopol newly created a schedule for the blackout of lights. "Ukrenergo" first said that the "Kakhovka-Titan" line was disabled as a result of the triggering of relay protection systems. Then they said that the reliable power transmission line "Kakhovka-Titan" had collapsed for unknown reasons.
Before 22nd November, the Ukrainian extremists with the connivance of the authorities staged an energy blockade on Crimea, blowing up power transmission towers supplying electricity to the Peninsula. Crimea remained without electricity for a week and a half .