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Crimean occupation authorities conceal accident at Balaklavska thermal power station

According to the Ministry, the accident took place on August 30
20:30, 5 October 2018

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Occupation administration of Crimean peninsula hides the fact of an accident at Balaklavska thermal power station (TPS), the launch of which was postponed once again. The press office of the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine reported this on Facebook.

‘The destruction signs of the roof of one of the industrial premises of Balaklavska TPS were revealed on August 30, 2018. The TPS is building near Sevastopol on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The part of the roof with the dimensions of 10 by 20 meters burned, this is evidenced by the appearance of the collapsed roof and distinctive smoke screening,’ the Ministry reported.

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According to the Ministry, precisely in this premises Siemens gas turbines imported to bypass international sanctions were installed. The accident took place due to the breach of engineer and construction norms by the personnel of the TPS. It is specified that Siemens didn’t provide their specialists to adjust and launch the turbines.

The building of the TPS is proceeded by “Technopromexport” Russia state corporation “Rostec”, which is under Ukrainian and international sanctions.

Reportedly, a scandal erupted over the gas turbines supply of the German concern Siemens to the annexed Crimea in contravention of the European Union sanctions. Siemens claimed that at least two gas turbines meant for a project in Russia were delivered to the territory of the occupied Crimea without their consent. 

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First, the Russian Federation was denying the fact of delivery. Later the subsidiary of the Russian corporation which bought the gas turbines confirmed the fact of delivery to Crimea after modernization.   

The EU imposed sanctions against the Russian partners of Siemens and Andriy Cherezov, the Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation. Later, Siemens delivery supervisors were included in the US sanctions list.  

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