MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. The power line explosions in Ukraine’s Kherson region, as a result of which more than 1.5 million residents of Crimea remain without power, may be described as a terrorist attack, Chairman of the People’s Council of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin told the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
"Here it is appropriate to say that this was a terrorist attack, because at least it causes inconveniences and, at the utmost, it poses a threat to the lives of a great number of people," Pushilin said.
"Even if Kiev is not involved in this directly, the Ukrainian authorities should be fully liable for this," he added.
Pushilin urged the international community to give an adequate assessment to these events.
He noted though that Ukraine would not be able to disrupt power supply of the Donetsk republic in a similar way.
On November 20, two pylons of a high-voltage power line bringing power to Crimea were blown up in the Kherson region. The Crimean authorities have declared a state of emergency.
Russia’s Energy Ministry reported that 1.66 million people remained without electricity in Crimea as of 08:00 a.m. Moscow time (05:00 GMT) on Monday. Social facilities on the Black Sea peninsula are connected to backup power generators. Crimea generates only 366 MW of electricity, including 232 MW generated by mobile power plants.