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

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

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 – Dzhankoi) on October 20. One of them was mined.

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


Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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