Islyamov: our activists will disconnect Crimea from power supply if the government fails to do so

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2015/11/13 • Crimea, News

Lenur Islyamov, coordinator of the civil blockade of Crimea announced that activists will stop protecting power support systems in Kherson oblast and will damage them if Ukrainian authorities do not stop supplying electricity to Crimea.

“We’re guarding this region; our activists patrol the area. Therefore, we won’t interfere anymore and we’ll stop our surveillance; we won’t protect these towers. Of course, we’ll leave this up to the activists from Crimea and others coming in from different regions.” commented Islyamov.

Power towers carrying electricity to Crimea were damaged in Kherson oblast (Melitopol – Dzhankoy) on October 20. One of them was mined.

On the night of October 6, unidentified persons damaged concrete high-voltage electrical lines between Dzhankoy and Melitopol.

The Crimea blockade began on September 20. Initiated by the Crimean Tatars, the campaign targets lorries and freight carrying goods and products to Crimea.

During a rally before the Russian Embassy in Kyiv on November 6, Refat Chubarov, leader of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars called on the Ukrainian government to stop supplying electricity to Crimea for at least three days.

On November 11, the Russian Ministry of Energy reported that Ukraine confirmed electrical power would continue to be supplied to Crimea.

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Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • laker48

    What goes around, comes around. The Dwarf has gotten much more than he has ever bargained for.

    • Nowhere Girl

      The dwarf or inhabitants of Crimea?
      I’m afraid Khuilo won’t even notice the blockade. He just doesn’t care about conditions in which his subjects live, he is most interested in external signs of power. But those who will really suffer will be inhabitans of Crimea. Not necessarily “those who wanted to be Russians”. Dzhemilev estimates that the real voter turnout at the “referendum” was probably less than 40% – if the activists accept this kind of claims (and to me they are reasonable, the official results definitely aren’t credible – even if we take into account that support for the anschluss was partially a function of political opportunity – more people desiring it one an opportunity presented itself – we should also remember that a few years ealier a party which promoted the idea of Crimea joining Russia had a support of about 4%), it means they are punishing the inhabitants. It’s unlikely to make Crimeans more pro-Ukrainian.
      The anschluss was a scandal, and it’s even more a scandal that the world seems to be slowly accepting this blatant violation of international law and Russia’s obligations – but this is not a way to fight.

      • laker48

        Well, if the blockade lasts and is aggravated by electricity and water supplies’ cut off, many RuSSians living in Crimea will leave and go back to their native craphole, while the Tatars and Ukrainians will most likely stay there. No pain, no gain.

        • Nowhere Girl

          Let’s just wait until we see it because I doubt it.
          The only aspect I would agree with: it can indeed be interesting to see how far the endurance of the “Russian man” stretches. The stereotype says that Russians are so brainwashed into blind pseudo-patriotism that they will agree with anything the State does (well, they support their criminal leader anyway). But how about living without electricity for the glory of the Russkiy mir?
          Still, I just strongly doubt if the reaction of Tatars and Ukrainian will truly be diametrically different from the reaction of Russians. The only difference is that while it isn’t a piece of cake, Tatars and Ukrainians do have a different choice: they can move to Odesa or Kyiv (and some have already done so). No sane pro-Putin Russian would do the same, so indeed Russians can only stay or move to Russia. But this already borders on dangerous thinking: sure, if you really have to be a nuisance to somebody, than depriving them of electricity is better than killing them – but forcing a group to emigrate is already a logic of ethnic cleansing.
          I absolutely acknowledge that Ukraine is not in a good position to influence the beliefs and behaviors of Russians by “carrots” and soft power. But in other, not so “hot” parts of the country assimilation of a potential Russian fifth column is going much more peacefully: young Russians consider the Ukrainian political nation an attractive concept (as an article on Euromaidan Press said), some are even starting to re-identify themselves as Ukrainians (as a entry by Alexander Motyl on World Affairs Journal says). If it was possible – which may not be the case, but perhaps it was possible earlier and the opportunity had been wasted – a much better solution would be to present Ukrainian culture as an attractive choice. Ukraine still does have an advantage of being, while not perfect, a democratic country. If I were in a hypothetic position of making the choice between Russia and Ukraine, I would hardly hesitate. But perhaps, with my true commitment to liberal democracy, I really have a completely different kind of mentality that a substantial part of Russians.

          • laker48

            You have to understand that this is a war of attrition. RuSSia cannot be defeated from outside; the Fascist RuSSian Federation has to be brought to another implosion similar to the 1991 implosion of the Soviet Union, but this time with no lifelines thrown in by the West. All geopolitical and macroeconomic conditions, reinforced by the Western sanctions and at least two wars RuSSia is actively fighting, seem to converge on this goal and it’s only a matter of single years until we see the encore performance of the 1991 play, this time starred by the Fascist RuSSian Federation. http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2015/01/oil-price-and-russian-politics
            http://www.unian.info/economics/1183241-reuters-oil-down-again-glut-forces-biggest-weekly-loss-in-eight-months.html
            http://www.dailyfx.com/crude-oil

          • Vol Ya

            Right you are. There is no point in attacking russia from the outside and starting a bloody world war. Better to let Russia implode from the inside. Let the Russians kill one another off. Oil prices just finished lower for another week. russia is feeling the financial pain. Ukraine and the EU need to stop buying russian natural gas now. That will hasten Russia’s bankruptcy.

          • laker48

            I wouldn’t be too surprised to see crude oil price hitting intraday $25 to $30 per barrel before yearend. Cornered Putin’s RuSSia may double down and attack the US first. The global situation is much more precarious than many of us think.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            I don’t think crude prices on the world market will drop that much, but Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states will offer their oil to selected European countries e.g. Poland at a lower price than Dwarfstan’s. Dwarfstan can’t drop its price below $30-35 because of its high costs to bring it to the surface; any lower and it will be selling at a loss. The Poles don’t like the Russians very much so they will happily accept Saudi oil at, say, $29. So will the Baltics, though they aren’t large customers. But the result will be lost sales for Rosneft and other Dwarfstan oil companies, fewer $$$ for the dwarf’s offshore bank account and fewer $$$ for Dwarfstan’s treasury.
            And if the Gulf states want to kick the dwarf where it REALLY hurts they should offer the refineries in the Netherlands a similar deal. Rotterdam processes a lot of Dwarfstan’s oil and the loss of Rotterdam would be devastating.

          • laker48

            Please, watch this! BTW, Poland will have oil receiving capacity of 100 million tons (714 million barrels) per year in its Gdansk Naftoport alone by 2017. Poland’s total oil imports approach 25 million tons per year, 20.4 million tons from RuSSia, that means that it’ll have 70 million ton per year of Iranian and Saudi oil for resale. FYI. top capacity of the Druzhba pipeline’s all branches is 100 million tons per year, 20 million tons to Poland alone. Iran will add to global markets from 2000 to 3000 barrels of crude per day by June next year.
            http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-11-13/opec-north-dakota-adjust-to-oil-collapse
            http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2015/01/oil-price-and-russian-politics

  • waky wake

    @Lenur Islyamov and @laker48:disqus :> Good luck with your idea of punishing Crimea by stopping electricity transfers, as Russia continues at a break-neck pace, constructing a multi-truncated undersea electricity/communications conduit across the strait of Kerch, from the Temryuk region of Russia proper to the Kerch region of Crimea. Once that is finished by early 2016, there will be no further need for transits from the ukraine. And if you’re going to bring up travel routes, food stuffs and other goods, keep in mind that the multi-lane bridge/turnpike construction project that’s keeping pace with the undersea electricity/communications conduit project will most likely be finished not long after, sooooooooo?

    • Quartermaster

      Ah, a Russian troll. It is unlikely that either will be finished in early 16. The power lines might be, and if Siemens violates the embargo, then you may be able to power Crimea from across the strait. The bridge is a completely different kettle of fish. The Engineering for that will take a long time by itself, then construction will be a massive undertaking as well. A roadway will take on the order of 10 years, if it’s built to last.
      Frankly, the path Putie poot is on, the ability of Russia to do anything in 10 years is problematic. He’s repeating the same process that killed the Soviet Union. That’s not strength, that’s simple minded stupidity.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        It’s not that simple. The main power cables from the mainland to the Crimea carry the full power loading and therefore are the thickest. As the power is distributed the cables can be progressively thinner as the total current passing through them decreases, those to Kerch being the thinnest.
        But if you supply the full power from Dwarfstan to Kerch across Kerch Strait, the cables from Kerch into the peninsula will be too thin to handle the full power load. They will have to be replaced by thicker cables as well, not to mention all the switch gear having to cope with higher currents, and this will have to be replaced as well. At the moment the power cables from the peninsula to Kerch will probably only be able to handle part of the total Crimean electric power consumption if the supply direction is reversed. Miles of power cable will have to be replaced, or extra lines added in parallel.

        • laker48

          Exactly.

        • Vol Ya

          It is not going to happen anytime soon. And shoddy Russian workmanship will guarantee problems. Just look at the Russian made Lada

    • laker48

      Well, they occupy it, they’ll have to provide for it. Poland, Hungary and Slovakia will gladly buy electricity sold to Crimea, especially in light of Ukraine’s total independence from RuSSian electricity supplies. The same should be done with utilities services supplied by Ukraine to the terrorist and RuSSian occupied parts of Donbas.
      BTW, the construction of the Kerch bridge was recently halted for the lack of money as well as all Crimean infrastructure upgrading projects because RuSSia refused to provide financing promised by Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtless in March 2014.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        I’d call him Duce rather than Führer because he bears more resemblance to Mussolini than to Schicklgruber, especially in dreaming up grandiose schemes for which he doesn’t have the strength. But unlike Mussolini, he doesn’t have an Adolf ready to bail him out when things go wrong.

    • Vol Ya

      russia never finishes anything on time or on budget. see the sochi olympics

  • Quartermaster

    We don’t know that. The so called referendum was not run in an open manner, and people from Putin’s regime counted the votes.

    • Quartermaster

      If that were the case, Putin’s regime would not have to crack down on dissent. The economic news that is seeping out of Crimea also belies that.

      Things may be OK if you aren’t Tatar, or a Putin sympathizer, but when Russia runs out of money to keep the facade up, things will change enormously.

      As for the western Euro and German news hounds, the same sort of trash came out of Stalinist Russia as well. If you actually believe that stuff, I’ve got some ocean front property in Kirghistan I’d be glad to sell you at a great price.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        The REAL result of the so-called referendum was briefly posted on the website of Dwarfstan’s ombudsman for human rights, but removed. About 30% actually voted, about half of whom voted to join Dwarfstan, or 15%.
        But regardless of the result, the so-called referendum has no legal basis and is therefore invalid. Igor Girkin called the referendum a farce on Dwarfstan TV in January. The Crimean Parliament was forced at gunpoint to announce it, but as the quorum wasn’t present- only 47 of the 100 members was present- it was invalid. Furthermore, according to the Ukrainian Constitution a region cannot simply decide on its own to secede- ALL regions have to agree. And I don’t recall ANY of the regions of the Ukraine holding a referendum on Crimean secession. Curiously, the Dwarfstanian Constitution also has a similar article- regions can only secede if ALL other regions agree. And since even the demented dwarf will admit that the Crimea was Ukrainian before the so-called referendum, the Ukrainian Constitution and laws apply on Crimean secession.

    • laker48

      From when and according to what Ukrainian and international law Western European journalists are legal scrutineers? You’re as insane as your Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtless.

    • Vol Ya

      There was no referendum in Crimea. Are you referring to the farce that putin tried to pull off. They distributed preprinted ballots that has the box already checked off.

  • Vol Ya

    Why is Ukraine continuing to supply electricity to the russian terrorists in Crimea. Turn the power of. Let those russian swine live in the dark. There should be a total blockade of Crimea.

  • Vol Ya

    putin is the new hitler

  • Vol Ya

    another stupid russian troll spreading lies and misinformation

  • Forgotten Ghost

    Looks like they kept their promise? Guess we’ll have to wait for the updates to see whether or not it has any real effect on the invaders, or just those citizens that are unable to leave for whatever reason. Hopefully there won’t be any long term damage on the citizens there, though I know that’s a bit optimistic.