Over the weekend, the Auchan Hypermarket, located on Kievskaya St. in Simferopol, was left without electricity.

According to the inhabitants of the Crimean capital, the power suddenly went out at the Aushan Hypermarket on Saturday evening.

“A huge hypermarket completely stopped functioning! All shops and boutiques immediately closed down their shutters. People, standing with products at checkouts, had to just wait.  That doesn't happen very often, but Crimeans, already accustomed to outages, were not surprised,” an eyewitness told to a QHA correspondent.

According to him, the power supply was restored within 15 minutes, and the hypermarket started working normally.

Just a reminder: On December 30, 2015, the power supplies to Crimea from mainland Ukraine were stopped after a transmission tower in the Kherson region was blown up. The tower, which transmitted up to 250 megawatts to Crimea, was restored, but electricity has not been transmitting due to termination of the power supply contract.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an opinion poll among the population of Crimea before signing a contract for electricity supply from Ukraine. The Crimeans were asked two questions: whether they support the conclusion of a contract stipulating that Crimea and Sevastopol are part of Ukraine, and whether they are ready to overcome ‘temporary difficulties associated with minor disruptions of energy supply.’ According to Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM), 93.1% of Crimeans did not support the supply of electricity from Ukraine.