If electricity supplies to Crimea are cut off, Russia may retaliate

Some experts, including Vadim Ulida, former Deputy Minister for Energy and Coal Industry, believe that cutting off electricity supplies to Crimea may cause Russia to retaliate, Krym.Realii news agency reports

22 September 2015 14:47

According to Ulida, cutting off power supplies to Crimea is technically possible because Crimea relies heavily on Ukraine for electricity. However, there is a danger of Russia resorting to retaliatory measures if Ukraine does something like that.

“We generate enough electricity to meet our needs but we do not have enough fuel to generate it. I’m talking about power stations running on anthracite coal. Unfortunately, the available fuel reserves are insufficient, so we might experience electricity shortages in winter,” said Ulida.

Ulida believes Ukraine might have trouble generating enough electricity, which will make a negative impact on the Ukrainian population.

According to Mustafa Jemilev, Crimean Tatars demand that electricity supplies to Crimea be cut off and a deal between Russia and Ukraine on electricity supplies to Crimea and Donbass terminated.