KYIV (QHA) -

Ukraine may turn of electricity supply to Crimea if consumption limits in the region are exceeded, Ukraine's Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan announced.

According to him, at present due to a lack of power in the integrated energy system of Ukraine electricity is supplied to Crimea through one power grid.

"If in the future the peninsula does not do what we request, then, of course, we will shut off that line too," Prodan said.

At the same time, the minister said that Crimea now consumes power within the limits set.

"They do not exceed the limit because know that if they consume more, the power grid will be shut off," he added.

Prodan also noted that the schedule of power emergency shutdown is currently introduced throughout the entire mainland Ukraine.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following a local referendum on region’s status, which, however, was not recognized by international community and Kyiv.

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