© Denis VoroninEmergency declared in Moscow region districts hit by blackout
Moscow region Governor Boris Gromov on Sunday declared a state of emergency in a range of the region's populated areas due to continuing massive power outages, Gromov's spokesman Andrei Barkovsky said.

The emergency situation regime will be in force until the appearance of new instructions from Gromov, the spokesman added.

Earlier in the day, Moscow United Electric Grid Company (MOESK) announced that heavy snowfalls and strong winds have cut electricity supply to over 88 populated areas outside Moscow.

Massive blackouts began in the Moscow Region on December 26 after an ice storm. Freezing rain broke many power transmission lines, causing serious power outages.