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"Today we have a full-scale launch of the use of the Russian dialing system. All existing phone numbers in the Crimea will remain unchanged," Polonsky said, quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The occupation authorities’ minister also stated that Crimea has sufficient numbering capacity to maintain the existing numbers of all subscribers. Communication tariffs will not be changed, he said.

Dialing a Crimean fixed-line phone number from a mobile phone will start with a combination of +7 365, and from a fixed-line phone outside the Crimea - a combination of +8 365.