Miners rescued after being trapped underground in eastern Ukraine: Separatists

Ukrainian military personnel will fire shells from the M777 howitzer on June 6, 2022, near the front lines of the Donetsk region. (Stringer / Reuters)

According to local officials, 77 miners were rescued on Saturday after being trapped underground during a power outage and bombardment of Ukrainian territory dominated by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

According to a statement from a local separatist, miners were underground when power was lost at the Zasyadko coal mine in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, but now they are all safe and uninjured.

Pro-Russian separatist authorities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic have accused Ukrainian troops of bombardment. Reuters could not confirm the report immediately and there was no immediate response from Kyiv.

Separatists occupied vast lands in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine in 2014, proclaiming two self-proclaimed republics there. Russia recognizes them as independent states, but is considered part of Ukraine by Kieu and the United Nations.



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