The Right Sector movement said they prevented an attempt by energy workers to resume power supply via one of the power lines leading to Crimea last night.
“Last night, an attempt was made to connect one of the power grids leading to the plant Tytan owned by oligarch Firtash. Repair workers who arrived in the company of Interior Ministry and SBU officials tried to launch the power line in accordance with an agreement between some organizers of the blockade of Crimea and Poroshenko,” Right Sector said in a report posted on its website on Monday.
According to the movement’s press service, “three Right Sector operative groups” accompanied by activists from Aidar [volunteer battalion that fights in Donbas] prevented the criminal actions and prevented the supply of power.
The Right Sector said the movement, like many participants in the blockade, were surprised when representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis gave their consent for the resumption of power supply to Crimea.
“The position of the authorities and some organizers of the blockade on economic cooperation and trade with the enemy is unclear to us […] We are saying that, if electrical power supply is resumed, Right Sector will stop its participation in the public action Blockade of Crimea because it sees no point in such a blockade. We reserve the right to exercise control in a different format and prevent the supply of cargo and resources,” the movement said.
Two power line supports were blown up in southern Ukraine in late November, leaving Crimea without power supply. Radical activists from Right Sector and Crimean Tatar organizations prevented the resumption of power supply to Crimea.
The power system of the peninsula is currently working in an isolated mode; rotating outages are being used to save power.
On December 4, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said the connection of the 220 kV Kakhovska-Tytan power line is needed to prevent industry-related accidents at the Crimean Titan and Crimean Soda Plants.
In an interview with Ukrainian television channels on December 6, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed hope that the supply of power to Crimea would be resumed in the very near future.