More than 1000 miners trapped underground amid blackouts in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts

Miners (illustrative photo)
Miners (illustrative photo)

Several mines in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts lost power after a massive Russian drone and missile attack on March 22, leaving 1,060 miners trapped underground, the Energy Ministry reported, adding that there was no threat to their lives.

"An emergency plan has been implemented: emergency power supplies have been activated, and the evacuation of miners to the surface has begun,” Ukrainian energy provider DTEK reported on Telegram on March 22.

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“All miners are undergoing medical examinations after evacuation. No one was injured."

Once the mines are deemed safe and the necessary preparations are made, coal production will resume, the company said.

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The Russian military launched its most extensive attack of 2024 on Ukraine's energy system on the morning of March 22, targeting multiple oblasts with cruise and ballistic missiles, and drones.

Blackouts were introduced in Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Odesa oblasts.

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A total of 92 out of 151 air targets were shot down overnight during the attack, Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk reported on Telegram on March 22.

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