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The Russian-annexed peninsula left in the dark... On sunday, Crimea was forced to switch to autonomous reserve power after its main electricity pylons from Ukraine were blown up... In the port city of Sevastopol, power began shutting off around midnight and cut off completely at 2:00 am... SOT Head of emergency operations center, Mikhail Sheremet: "We switched to back-up power supply. We can increase electricity production by using solar and wind power by 300 megawatt. For the time being our reserves make another 300 megawatt. DLS: The four power lines that supply Crimea with electricity from Ukraine were first attacked in the early hours of Friday in the bordering region of Kherson ... The blasts downed two lines and damaged the other two. Then early Sunday, another explosion took place, cutting all the power to Crimea. Authorities rushed to connect hospitals and other vital infrastructure.SOT Anton Zheribor, doctor: "We switched to back-up generators within five minute. All hospital wards got the electricity. Everything was under control"The identity of the attackers remain unclear. According to Russian officials however, Crimean Tartars - an ethnic group native to the peninsula who oppose Russian rule - could be held responsable. On saturday they alledgely tried to block repair work but retreated after clashes with police. Crimea still depends on Ukraine for its electricity supplies, providing only 30 percent of its own energy.

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The Russian-annexed peninsula left in the dark... On sunday, Crimea was forced to switch to autonomous reserve power after its main electricity pylons from Ukraine were blown up... In the port city of Sevastopol, power began shutting off around midni

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