On November 20, the Crimea peninsula was plunged into darkness after transmission towers carrying electricity from Ukraine were blown up at the Crimean border. About 1.6 million people and 300 public facilities (including schools, kindergartens, and hospitals) were left without power. Currently, Crimea can only provide 20-30% of its own energy. Russia has launched the construction of an underwater “power bridge” to compensate for the region's energy deficit, but installation is set to be complete only in 2016. Following the recent incident, Crimean authorities declared a state of emergency in the region.

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