Ukraine announces halt of delivery of all goods to Crimea, peninsula annexed by Russia

MOSCOW – Ukraine’s government has ordered a halt to all delivery of goods to Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia last year.

A statement by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Monday described the halt as temporary, but added that he had ordered the Cabinet to prepare a draft of a “concrete” halt of goods and services from Ukraine to Crimea.

The move comes after the weekend bombing of electricity pylons by unknown attackers wiped out power supplies to Crimea; Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Monday that the peninsula is able to fill only about 30 per cent of its electricity needs.

Last week, Russian announced that it would ban all food imports from Ukraine beginning Jan. 1. The countries banned landings by each other’s airlines in October.