Russia has declared a state of emergency in Crimea after Ukrainian nationalists reportedly blew up pylons supplying electricity to the region’s two million residents.
The Russian Energy Ministry confirmed that power had been lost but didn’t say what had caused the outages.
The government said in a statement that two power lines bringing power from Ukraine to Crimea had been affected, leaving 1,896,000 people in the dark.
The Russian media, however, is reporting that two pylons in the Kherson region of Ukraine north of Crimea have been blown up by Ukrainian nationalists.
This follows violent clashes between Crimean Tatar activists and paramilitary police at the site yesterday, according to Ukrainian media reporters.
These reports say that two of the pylons had their lines damaged on Friday before being blown up last night.
Ilya Kiva, a senior officer in the Ukrainian police who was at the scene, also said on his Facebook page that the pylons had been blown up.