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Ukraine Live Day 659
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Electricity Supplies From Mainland Ukraine To Occupied Crimea Partially Restored
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The Russian Ministry of Energy announced today that electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine to Russian-occupied Crimea have been partially restored, TV Rain reports.

According to the Ministry, one of the four power lines severed on November 22 has been brought back online.

The single 220 kV line can carry around 160 MW. Three 330 kV lines are still down.

RFE/RL reported that Igor Boska, regional head of the state electrical company Ukrenergo, said today that engineers were "in the process of resuming energy supplies."

While the utility appeared close to restoring functioning of the Kakhovskaya power substation, which supplies much of the Kherson and Mykolayiv regions. three other damaged power transmission lines remain offline. 

This morning the ultra-nationalist paramilitary and political group Pravyi Sektor (Right Sector), which has participated in protests around the site of the destroyed pylons, announced that they were abandoning the "energy blockade."

According to the statement, the Crimean Tatar Mejlis issued a statement on the future of the blockade without consulting with Pravyi Sektor and other volunteer groups on the border.

UNIAN translates:

"The latest statement of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, which was not coordinated with us and other representatives of public organizations, volunteer battalions and patriotic movements, who are members of the Crimean Maidan led by Lenur Islyamov, is directed to concessions to both external and internal enemies of Ukraine."

Yesterday, Ukrenergo revealed that the Mejlis had agreed on the restoration of the 220 kV line.

Pravyi Sektor claimed that the line was in fact being restored so as to serve a factory owned by pro-Russian oligarch Dmytro Firtash.  

Instead of continuing their efforts on the blockade, Pravyi Sektor will now dispatch fighters to reinforce Ukrainian regulars along the frontier. 

-- Pierre Vaux