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Putin Inaugurates Final Power Link to Crimea

Crimea, which voted to join Russia in 2014, will no longer be dependent on Ukrainian electricity
By The News · 11 of May 2016 08:29:51
Russian President Vladimir Putin, En esta imagen de archivo, tomada el 16 de abril de 2015, el presidente de Rusia, Vladimir Putin, escucha durante un programa anual de llamadas telefonicas emitido en vivo en la televisión local, "Conversation With Vladimir Putin", en Moscú, Rusia. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, archivo), photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP/Mikhail Klimentyev

MOSCOW — Russia’s president has flipped the switch to open the last of four electricity lines to Crimea aimed at allowing the Russia-annexed peninsula to end its reliance on Ukrainian power.

The line from the Russian mainland that Vladimir Putin inaugurated on Wednesday brings Russia’s electricity supply to Crimea to 800 megawatts a day.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, after it sent in troops in the wake of the ouster of Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president and a dubious referendum on the peninsula about joining Russia. After annexation, Crimea continued to buy electricity from Ukraine, but last year experienced severe shortages after protesters blew up power lines leading to Crimea.

Russia’s so-called Crimean “energy bridge,” including four undersea cables, cost 47 billion rubles ($725 million), the state news agency Tass reported.