Russian President Putin launched another leg of the power bridge between the Crimean Peninsula and the Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia. “Start!” Putin said in a televised TV linkup. The launch of the second line of the power bridge between Russia and the Crimea gives additional 230 MW of electric power to the peninsula significantly reducing the power deficit in the region. The second leg of the power bridge was to be launched on December 20, but was then rescheduled for December 15. Putin launched the first leg of the power bridge between Russia and the Crimea on December 2. Vladimir Putin made a social trip to Simferopol for the ceremony.
As a result, the Crimea is becoming absolutely independent on Ukraine in terms of electric power supplies. By December 20, the Crimea will switch to power supplies from Russia. The power system of the Crimea was working in stand-alone mode for two weeks, after unknown individuals blew up power lines between the Crimea and Ukraine on November 22. The Crimea was thus cut off from electricity, a state of emergency was introduced.