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Crimea Declares State Of Emergency After Electricity Pylons 'blown Up'

A state of emergency has been declared in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia last year, after pylons supplying energy to the territory from Ukraine were blown up, according to reports on Sunday.

The reports said that two million people have been left without power, and 20% - 30% of the peninsula was supplied with electricity, almost half of that by generators.

The reports indicated that pylons in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson has been blown up by pro-Ukrainian activists.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine last year, and the territory still receives 85% of its water and 80% of its electricity from mainland Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe imposed trade sanctions on Moscow in response to the annexation.

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