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25 April 2017, 14:26

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LPR fully provided with electricity from local sources – Emergencies Ministry

LPR is fully provided with electricity using its own sources, the Republic’s Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said on Tuesday.

"Yesterday, at 11:41 p.m. Ukraine stopped power supply via 220V LuTES-Kirovo and 380V LuTES-Mikhailovka transmission lines which feed the northern part of the region,” Ivanushkin said.

“Forty minutes after the cutoff, power supply was restored to key Lugansk areas. By 2:20 a.m. we had fully switched over to our own power sources,” he said.  “The power flow to Ukraine stopped; we fully operate on our energy. All the Republic has power supply.”

“We accomplished it because electricity had been supplied to LPR from several directions. We refitted power lines, assessed new power supply schemes and connected Lugansk to internal power supply,” he went on.

 “We now use reserve sources which we initially planned to use in case of such cutoffs, because after 2014 we were aware that with this kind of treatment and shelling they would turn off both water and power supply. So we’ve made preparations since; the Republic is operating in a normal mode despite the Ukraine-imposed blockade."

"In 2014, transmission lines around Lugansk were cut; repairs were carried out without Ukraine.  Now we have returned to the power supply plans prepared during the fighting back then,” Ivanushkin said.

LuganskMediaCentre — 25 April — Lugansk