Refat Chubarov, Head of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars and Mejlis, explained why households in Crimea have no electricity and suffer from lack of heating.

“Now the part of Crimea that is under occupation is getting no electricity. The problem is not that we are not supplying electricity but that Putin, as Russian President, who occupied Crimea, refused to get electricity from Ukraine, saying that Crimea is part of Russia,” said Chubarov.

According to Refat Chubarov, the Russian authorities were suggested several options and if they had fulfilled them, Ukraine would have continued to supply electricity to Crimea.

“We have suggested a very clear-cut and transparent formula which was based on Ukrainian and international laws. Under the contract, Ukraine was to supply electricity to the part of its territory which is temporarily under Russian occupation. According to international laws, Russia is to bear full responsibility for supplying the needs of the territory it occupied,” Chubarov said.