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Crimea blackout: Ukrainian Interior Ministry launched a criminal proceedings on the explosions, which caused the energy cut off

Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported about the open criminal proceedings on the fact of deliberate damage to power facilities
Crimea blackout: Ukrainian Interior Ministry launched a criminal proceedings on the explosions, which caused the transmission towers’ fall and energy cut off

Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported about the open criminal proceedings on the fact of deliberate damage to power facilities, which caused the transmission towers’ fall and energy cut off in several districts of Kherson, Mykolaiv regions and Crimea, Joinfo.ua reports.

“Yesterday, November 21, in the field between the villages of Chaplynka and Nove, Kherson region, two explosions occurred at the towers of 330 kV transmission lines  Kakhovka-Dzhankoi. So, the information about the event was recorded to the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations. The criminal proceedings were opened under Part 2 of Art. 194-1 (intentional damage to power facilities) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The article provides imprisonment for up to ten years. Now the law enforcement officers investigate the circumstances of the incident, “- said the Interior Ministry.

It should be recalled that 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.

Yesterday after the energy turned off in Crimea, media reported that there were more explosions, after which the pillars fell. But the coordinator the blockade of Crimea Lenur Islyamov stated that the damaged pillars fell because of strong wind.

Earlier today the energy Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn said that the repair crews shall make every effort to restore the safe operation of the Ukrainian energy system and energy supply.

“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.

He also said that, beside Crimea, they were forced to stop the supply of electricity to two districts of Kherson region too.

“Also, there was a danger of supply reduction to 40% of Kherson and Mykolaiv regions”, – said in a statement.