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Temporary blackout in Crimea after incident at Russian power station

AFP  |  Simferopol (Crimea) 

was temporarily without today following an incident at a power station in Russia, authorities in the peninsula annexed from in 2014 said.

"The whole of is without The power supply will be restored within three hours. Please remain calm," Crimea's wrote on

He added the blackout was the result of an incident at a power station in Russia's southern Krasnodar region.

"Due to strong voltage surges, the emergency system switched on and disconnected the line," Aksyonov said.

Power was progressively restored in the peninsula's largest cities within two hours but problems with mobile phone reception persisted, according to an in Crimea's capital Simferopol.

Local media Kryminfo cited Maxim Loyko, the of Crimea's provider Krymenergo, as saying power will be completely restored by the end of the day.

The Russian ministry released a statement that almost two and a half million people were left without power in and in

Crimea was almost wholly dependent on electricity from at the time of its annexation by in March 2014, that saw a military operation followed by a referendum not recognised by and the West.

stopped supplying to Crimea in late 2015, leaving the region reliant on an underwater cable running from and inhabitants facing frequent problems.

In July 2017, abnormally high temperatures in Russia's Krasnodar region led to that brought Crimea to a standstill, with traffic lights not working and trolleybuses stuck.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 20:55 IST