According to Reuters and local news agency Kryminform, on Wednesday the entire peninsula of Crimea lost power around 3:25 p.m., local time.
“All Crimea and Sevastopol are without power. It's down everywhere. We're looking into the cause,” a source told the website. Locals have also reported problems with mobile phone service.
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As Meduza.io reports, Kubanenergo (the Kuban Power and Electrification Open Joint Stock Company) confirmed a large-scale “technical shutdown” of the power line that feeds electricity to the Crimean peninsula, telling Kryminform that it expects to fix the issue within two hours.
But before speculation builds that this is some US government black hat hacker launching a cyber war against
Ukraine Russia, Tass cites a source in Russia's emergency management service who said that the reason for the power outage is an accident at the “Taman” substation in the Krasnodar Territory. Google translated:
The reason for the power outage on the Crimean peninsula was an accident at the substation "Taman" in the Krasnodar Territory. A source in emergency services told Tass.
"According to preliminary data, because of the accident at the substation" Taman ", located in the Krasnodar Territory, the power supply on the Crimean peninsula was violated," the source said.
Correspondents Kryminform reported that in the center of Simferopol trolley buses stopped, traffic lights did not work, lifts were disconnected in apartment houses. Government buildings, bank branches, some stores are connected to backup power sources.
In the Kubanenergo electric grid company, Kryminform was informed of a large-scale shutdown of the line supplying electricity to the Crimean peninsula. And information about the disconnection of the entire territory of the peninsula from energy conservation Kryminformug was also confirmed by two sources in the enterprises of the telecommunications sphere in the Crimea.
That said, with the World Cup starting in Russia tomorrow, and with 2 World Cup stadiums near by Crimea - in Rostov-on-Don and in Sochi, a lightbulb has just gone off above the Pentagon's head.