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Power outages plague Crimea as Russia threatens to cut Ukraine gas

The Black Sea peninsula declared a state of emergency after an explosion Saturday in Ukraine's Kherson region bordering the peninsula cut the two working power lines heading to the territory, leaving some 1.6 million people without electricityPower cuts in Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people on Tuesday as tensions raged between Kiev and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine. The Black Sea peninsula has been hit by power cuts after unknown attackers blew up pylons at the weekend, cutting power lines from Ukraine, which supplies most of its electricity. The energy ministry in Moscow said that some 938,000 residents of Crimea remained without electricity and Russia was sending 300 mobile generators to the peninsula.

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