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Kyiv Says Agreement With Protesters Needed To Restore Crimea's Power

Ukraine’s Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn say some electricity deliveries to Crimea can be resumed but that the timing must be agreed with Crimean Tatar activists who are conducting protests along the transmission lines in Ukraine's Kherson region, just north of the Crimean Peninsula.

Demchyshyn said on November 30 that he has asked the activists to allow the resumption of electricity supplies to Crimea, nine days after electricity transmission towers were blown up, cutting power to the peninsula and causing widespread blackouts.

Electricity is supplied to Crimea from Ukraine's Kherson region along four main power lines.

Activists who are angry over Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year have been preventing engineers from carrying out repairs.

Russia has responded angrily, announcing that it was cutting off natural gas and coal shipments to Ukraine in response to the power outage.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax