Russia sends emergency generators to Crimea

AFP , Tuesday 25 Mar 2014

Russia has sent power generators to Crimea, a Russian minister said Tuesday on a visit to the peninsula which broke away from Ukraine but still depends on it for electricity.

"Over 1,400 mobile power stations have already been delivered to the region," Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said at a ceremony in Simferopol marking the transition of rescue workers to Moscow rule.

Puchkov said the Russian government would ensure the work of Crimea's public institutions in case of any future power cuts.

On Sunday, part of Crimea plunged into darkness in what the authorities on the Black Sea peninsula said was due to cuts in mainland Ukraine.

The Ukraine-owned power company Krymenergo said in its website that Kiev had ordered the electricity supply's temporary suspension due to an emergency defect on a major powerline.

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