Power in Kerch, Crimea turned on five minutes before Putin's New Year address

Power supply in Kerch's neighborhoods was restored five minutes to the New Year, right before President Putin's TV address.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Krym.Realii, some districts of the city celebrated the New Year by candlelight.

The city went powerless several times on Dec. 31. The lengthiest turnoff occurred between 6-7 p.m. and midnight.

Due to lack of electricity during the day on Dec. 31, many large supermarket chains did not operate. City residents complained they could not buy necessary food. Many shops were closed. Due to this, there was an influx of buyers to the city markets.

Read more: New Year blackout in occupied Sevastopol: idle trolleybuses, streetlights planned to be switched off after 10 p.m.

During the day Dec. 31, 2015 the so-called 'head' of Crimea Sergey Aksenov reassured that Crimean neighborhoods would be supplied with electricity during the New Year's Eve.

Supplies of electricity from Ukraine's power grid to Russia-annexed Crimea were suspended again due to collapse of Kakhovska - Tytan power line support in the Kherson region on Dec. 31. Due to this, the peninsula's authorities have called upon its residents to "spend the New Year night communicating." Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak stated that Crimea was provided with electricity by 80 - 85 percent.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n367658