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Explosions at Ukrainian towers leave Crimea without power

Two electricity transmission towers in Ukraine were damaged by explosions, leaving most of the nearly 2 million people on the disputed Crimean Peninsula without power on Sunday, the Russian Energy Ministry said.

Crimea was annexed by Russia last year but depends on Ukraine for most of its electricity supplies.

Two of the four transmission towers in Kherson, Ukraine, were damaged on Friday. Ukrainian activists calling for an economic blockade of the Black Sea peninsula tried to prevent repair works on Saturday, but retreated after clashes with police.

Around midnight, explosions hit the two other transmission towers, Ukrainian police said. They said it was not...