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Crimea without power after explosions at Ukraine transmission towers

Published 22/11/2015

An office administrator lights up a candle in Simferopol on November 22, 2015. Crimea declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up. AFP PHOTO/MAX VETROV/Getty Images.
An office administrator lights up a candle in Simferopol on November 22, 2015. Crimea declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up. AFP PHOTO/MAX VETROV/Getty Images.
The Crimean Tatars flag covers a part of the damaged transmission tower close to the village of Chaplinka on the Crimean border Sunday. (AP Photo/str)
A damaged transmission tower lays on the ground close to the village of Chaplinka on the Crimean border Sunday. (AP Photo/str)
A man opens a door of a washing machine in a department store in Simferopol on November 22, 2015. Crimea declared a state of emergency on November 22, 2015 after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up. AFP PHOTO / MAX VETROV/Getty Images.
Millions are without electricity

Nearly two million people on the Crimean Peninsula are without electricity after two transmission towers in Ukraine were damaged by explosions, Russia's energy ministry says.

Crimea was annexed by Russia last year but depends on Ukraine for most of its electricity supplies.

The two transmission towers in Kherson, Ukraine, were first damaged on Friday. Ukrainian activists, including Crimean Tatars, tried to block repair works on Saturday, but retreated after clashes with police.

The Interfax news agency said police official Ilya Kiva wrote on Facebook Saturday evening that the repairs had been completed, but shortly after midnight wrote a new post saying the towers had been hit by new explosions. It was not immediately clear who was responsible.

Russia's emergency services said power was being supplied to vital services on Sunday.

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