Energy Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn assured that the repair crews shall make every effort to restore the safe operation of the Ukrainian energy system and energy supply to the districts of Kherson and Mykolaiv regions and Crimea, Joinfo.ua reports.
“Repair crews started work on the first two lines (of the damaged four – Ed.), they are grounded the lines to protect people from being struck by the electricity. Provided the maintenance personnel have unhindered and safe access to the damaged pillars, they could restore at least one of the lines during the day,” – the report says.
Demchyshyn said because of damage to the lines and substations of the power system of the country, they were forced to stop the supply of electricity in two districts of Kherson region and Crimea.
“Also, there was a danger of supply reduction to 40% of Kherson and Mykolaiv regions”, – said in a statement.
On November 20, in Kherson region, two concrete supporting pillars for high-voltage electric lines were destroyed and two more damaged as a result of the explosion, probably of anti-tank mines. These pillars are the part of the transmission line to Crimea.
Coordinator the blockade of Crimea Lenur Islyamov said, that protesters intend to block the repair of power transmission lines.
On Saturday, November 21, on the site on the incident in Kherson region, the activists of the blockade, that prevented repair works, conflicted with the police, which arrived there. There was a small scuffle. But, after the talks, the security forces removed the cordon around pillars, and the activists allowed Ukrenergo’s workers to conduct grounding of the electricity.
Also, the Energy Ministry said that as a result of the accident, they were forced to reduce the energy production of Ukrainian power plants, increasing, instead, the load of thermal power plants.
As reported on November 22, Crimea is completely left without electricity due to the undermining of the power lines in the Kherson region. The peninsula authorities declared a state of emergency.