: RFE/RL: Russia launches fourth electricity line to Crimea

11:04 May. 12, 2016

RFE/RL: Russia launches fourth electricity line to Crimea

In this photo taken in Sevastopol on Dec. 27, 2015, with a city landmark, the Monument to the Scuttled Ships, at left, people walk along the Black Sea shore (AP photo)

Putin claims Russia "managed to break through energy blockade" of the annexed peninsula

Russia has launched a fourth and final line supplying electricity from the Russian mainland to annexed Crimea.

President Vladimir Putin oversaw the May 11 launch of the new line, saying in a video link from the Black Sea resort of Sochi, "We managed to break through the energy blockade of Crimea within a brief period of time."

Watch also Kremlin leader 'connects' Ukraine's Crimea to Russian energy grid

The line brings Russia's electricity supply to Crimea to 800 megawatts a day, which Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said will fully meet Crimea's needs.

The energy bridge is a series of undersea cables across the Kerch Strait located between Russia and Crimea.

Read also Russia approves USD 2.8 billion budget for the Crimean bridge

Crimea continued to buy electricity from Kyiv after Russia forcibly annexed the peninsula in March 2014.

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