11:04 May. 12, 2016
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."
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.
Crimea continued to buy electricity from Kyiv after Russia forcibly annexed the peninsula in March 2014.