Ukraine Cuts Power Supply to Pro-Russia Region

  • Umay Atik
  • 28.4.2017 09:36

Ukraine cut electricity to Luhansk region controlled by pro-Russian separatists due to unpaid debts on 25 April. In response, Moscow said Russia would supply the region with electricity. The power supply was reportedly working as normal.

The move drew a reaction from Kremlin as being a further rejection of the territory and violation of the 2015 Minsk peace accords signed by Kiev and the separatists under European and Russian mediation in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Ukraine has taken similar actions before like cutting gas supply to Luhansk and imposing a commercial blockade on the occupied territories, leading to concerns of further alienating people in these areas. However, Ukraine continues to try to re-engage with the people in the occupied regions by fighting against Russian information war and offering greater access to Ukrainian media in the occupied regions. For example, on 27 April, officials announced a project to jam the airwaves transmitting Russian propagandist broadcasts in the occupied regions.

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