In this Sunday, Dec. 27. 22, 2015 photo people play chess holding a flashlight near Nakhimov's Square in Sevastopol, Crimea. (AP Photo/Alexander Polegenko)
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Crimea has lost at least one quarter of its power after Ukraine switched off supplies, citing a downed electricity pylon, an official in the contested peninsula said Thursday.Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in March last year, has suffered repeated power cuts since the annexation, underlining its reliance on Ukraine for electricity and fueling a downwards spiral in relations between Moscow and Kiev.Crimea, which before the annexation relied on Ukraine for at least 70 percent of its electricity, suffered a severe blackout at the end of November after unidentified saboteurs blew up pylons supplying it with power in southern Ukraine.Crimea's fuel and power minister Svetlana Borodulina said the peninsula had lost at least one quarter of its power because of the latest cut-off.
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