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Putin, in Crimea for Annexation Anniversary, Launches Power Stations

Putin, in Crimea for Annexation Anniversary,  Launches Power Stations

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea - President Vladimir Putin inaugurated two new power stations in Crimea on Monday after flying into the Black Sea peninsula to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the region from Ukraine.
The power stations, in the cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol, were partially launched last year, but Monday’s inauguration marked the moment they began working at full capacity.
The same facilities were at the center of an international scandal after German engineering company Siemens said its power turbines had been installed at them without its knowledge and in violation of European Union sanctions. Russia denied that.
Putin, who has poured billions of Russian taxpayer dollars into Crimea since Moscow seized control of it in 2014, attended the launch of the Sevastopol power station and oversaw the launch of the Simferopol facility by video conference.
“Today another important step has been taken to strengthen the energy security of the Crimean Peninsula and of the whole south of the Russian Federation,” said Putin.
The two new power stations generated as much electricity as Crimea used to get from Ukraine pre-annexation, he added, and could cover 90 percent of Crimea’s power needs.
Ukraine says it wants Crimea back and most countries still recognize it as Ukrainian territory.
Russia says the matter is closed forever however, and that a 2014 referendum held after Russian forces secured the peninsula showed Crimeans want to be part of Russia.
Putin is due to speak at a music concert later on Monday and to hold talks with local people about what Russia has achieved in Crimea in the last five years and where it has fallen short.
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