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Ukraine Live Day 683
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Power Line to Crimea Repaired, But Electricity Not Yet Restored; Ukrainian Police Report Explosion as Cause
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A repair crew from Ukrenergo, Ukraine's energy company said repair work was done on the Kakhov-Titan line to Crimea, but power was still not restored, Espreso. TV and other Ukrainian media reported.



On December 30, occupation authorities of Crimea reported that power supplied by Ukraine was out; yesterday it was determined that a power transmission line had collapsed.

The contract for delivery of electricity from mainland Ukraine to occupied Crimea expired on December 31. Crimean leader Refat Chubaroa and Lenur Islyamov, coordinator of the citizens' blockade of the Crimea urged that the new contract indicate that the Crimean peninsula was occupied by Russia.

The activists denied involvement in the latest power outage, which they said could be caused by heavy winds.

But Ukraine's 112 TV reported that the National Police in Kherson Region said an explosion caused the damage (translation by The Interpreter):

A review of the damaged cement electricity pylons is underway in the area of the village of Bogdanovka in Kakhovo District. According to the preliminary conclusions of experts from the explosives service, the pylon was damaged as a result of an explosion.

Earlier in November, an explosion on the line had caused power outages throughout in Crimea until repairs were completed December 8.


President Vladimir Putin order a public opinion poll to be made regarding power supply from Ukraine, and VTsIoM (All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion) published the results, where 93% of residents of Crimea opposed signing a contract for power supply from Kiev in which Crimea would be designated as "occupied"; 94% said they were prepared to put up with hardships in the next three months as a result,gordonua.com reported.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick