“It has happened before. We are not going to wait until Kiev cuts off electricity supplies to us, so we are taking steps. Surely, there will be rolling blackouts like it was the case last winter, but all strategically important facilities will have uninterrupted power supply due to backup power sources. There is a total of 270 backup power sources like these. We should bite the bullet. We are not going to give in to Ukrainian blackmail,” said Sergey Menyailo.

According to Sevastopol Governor’s press secretary, Crimea’s own power stations are scheduled to be put in operation in 2017. Their construction is currently under way in Sevastopol and Simferopol, with the first one scheduled to be commissioned in September 2017 and the second one in March 2018.

Ukrainian MP Refat Chubarov called a power blockade a second stage of a campaign aimed at blocking Crimea.