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Crimea blacked out as "energy bridge" shuts down (updated)

Simferopol, Kerch, Yalta, Sudak, Feodosia, Sevastopol left without power.

Crimea blacked out as "energy bridge" shuts down (updated)
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On Friday, the cities of Simferopol, Kerch, Yalta, Sudak, Feodosia and Sevastopol in the annexed Crimea found themselves left without electricity, Crimea.Reality said with a reference to local residents.

"There has been a shutdown of all four lines of the energy bridge over automatic emergency response in Russian Taman. The causes are being clarified," Crimean "fuel and energy minister" told Krymininform.

Russia launched the first energy bridge to Crimea on 2 December, 2015, the second – on 15 December, 2015, the third – on 14 April, 2016, the fourth – on 11 May, 2016.

On July 28, heavy storms left a number of settlements in seven regions of the annexed Crimea without electricity, the official website of Krymenergo reported.

A number of settlements in Bakhchisaray, Saki, Simferopol, Razdolnensky, Krasnogvardeysky and Soviet districts of Crimea and also partially Yalta have been de-energized.

Ukraine suspended energy supplies to Crimea in late 2015.

Update: On 15:40, the United Energy Systems of Russia reported the partial resumption of enegy supplies to Crimea.