Hundreds trapped in eastern Ukraine coal mine

Three hundred and seventy-nine people stuck in coal mine in Donetsk, as result of heavy shelling on eastern Ukrainian region

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ukrainian army shelling on pro-Russian rebel positions in the Donetsk region left a total of 379 people stuck underground in a coal mine in Skochinsky.

The Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region is now left without power, deputy commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) forces Eduard Basurin said on Wednesday.

“The Skochinsky coal mine has been de-energised, 379 people remain underground,” Basurin told reporters.

Over 6,000 people have died in the fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government since the rebels began their insurgency last year following pro-EU protests in Kiev that forced former pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych to flee.

Ukraine’s separatist war calmed down when the OSCE-mediated ceasefire was sealed in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February, but the fragile peace has been sporadically violated by both Kiev forces and the pro-Russian separatists.

TRTWorld and agencies