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 Classes to be cut at Crimean schools as power shortage persists

After the New Year holidays, three out of 538 schools in the occupied Crimea are closed, while two others will open on Jan. 13. 72 schools will have shortened hours due to the problems with electricity supply.

This was announced by the so-called "head" of the occupied Crimea Sergey Aksenov, Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

According to the Ministry of Education within the Russian "government" of the occupied Crimea, two schools are closed in Yevpatoriia, while boiler room pumps are being replaced at another school in the Krasnoperekopskyi district. 430 kindergartens have opened their doors to kids in Crimea, including 131 short-stay groups.

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In Crimea, the new year began with a 10-day vacation. Due to the problems with power supply and cold weather, some schools closed for winter holidays earlier than scheduled.

On Dec. 30, 2015, electricity supply to the peninsula from mainland Ukraine was halted because of the collapse, probably as a result of an explosion, of a power pylon in the Kherson region. After the repairs had been done, the 250 MW line was put into operation, but the electricity has not been supplied to Crimea due to the expiration of the contract for the supply of electricity to the peninsula annexed by Russia in the beginning of 2014.

Read more: Crimea lacks up to 35% of electricity - Crimea's 'head' Aksenov

Crimea is satisfying its electricity needs by its own power generation, Russia's electric generating sets, and the Kuban energy bridge.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n368646