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Ukraine gets rid of its mines by blackouts; 1,100 people left jobless in Volyn region

Author : Andriy Gerus

Ukraine’s state mines suffer from massive blackouts and disconnections of water services
21:34, 4 April 2019

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Ukraine’s state mines suffer from massive blackouts and disconnections of water services.

For example, for more than three days, mine number 9 and Buzhanska mine in Novovolynsk town of the Volyn region (western Ukraine) have been cut off from electricity. These mines obtain electricity only for two hours twice a day in order to pump out water from the semilongwall face. The pumps, which are situated very close to the trunk are still working, and the pumps that are located on the far watered points of the lava are already recessed and do not work.

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Of course, the issue of the unprofitable mines should be resolved. There are different options: retraining people for new professions, attracting investors (free land, infrastructure), who would create new jobs, material assistance for those who wish to quit voluntarily, and the like.

But of all the possible ways in our reality, the most stupid one worked: the situation has been pushed over the edge, and the electricity at the mines was simply turned off. In general, the growth of debt in just 1 year amounted to more than 37 million USD.

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The work of these mines in Novovolynk was completely stopped, more than 1,100 people remained in limbo and do not know what would happen tomorrow.

And somewhere in a parallel reality, Ukrainian officials conduct their foreign business trips, study German experience of closing mines. The British embassy allocated special research grants for round tables and colorful presentations. This reality is really parallel one and has nothing common with the real mines and Ukrainian miners.

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