BREAKING: State of Emergency Declared in Crimea After Suspected Attack on Power Grid Leaves Region in Darkness

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According to reports coming out of Russia, the power supply to Crimea has been completely shut off after a suspected attack on the regions power grid.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry subsequently declared a state of emergency throughout Crimea, which will remain in affect until power can be restored. As SkyNews has reported, while the ministry department has not stated the exact cause of the outage, Russian media has claimed the regions pylons were blown up by Ukrainian nationalists.

Via SkyNews

The alleged bombing is believed to be the second such attack in a matter of days, affecting the two million people who live there.

Early on Friday morning, two of the four pylons connecting Crimea were brought down in similar circumstances and Saturday nights attack means all power lines are now out of use.

It was not clear who carried out the attack but several pictures of the damage showed Ukrainian flags attached to the wrecked pylons.

Video footage from a Tatar TV station posted on YouTube showed a group of activists clashing with members of Ukraines national guard who attempted to seal the area around some of the damaged power lines on Saturday.

RIA Novosti news agency reported that the Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group native to the peninsula who oppose Russian rule, held a protest in favour of a blockade of Crimea.

But Russian newsagency TASS reported that the gas turbines were providing less than half of the peninsulas needs.

Crimean Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Yegorov said: This morning, maximum consumption in the Crimean federal district is about 800 MW at such air temperatures. We have 350 MW of our own electricity generation and are short of another 450 MW.

Crimeas First Vice-Premier Mikhail Sheremet said the peninsula has enough fuel to continue producing electricity for 30 days, TASS reported.

A system of rolling blackouts has been imposed and people have been told not to use electrical appliances.

More from RT

Russias Crimea has switched to autonomous reserve power after transmission towers in the adjacent Ukrainian Kherson region were blown up, causing a blackout. Meanwhile, the Right Sector and Crimean Tatar activists have been attempting to block repairs.

Crimean authorities rushed to connect hospitals and other vital infrastructure to reserve power stations and generators late on Saturday after the four main transmission lines from Ukraine were cut off in an apparent act of sabotage. The regional energy ministry has created an emergency response center to deal with the power cut.

This story is developing, we will update as new details surface.

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