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Miners were blocked underground for six hours in Luhansk region

After, the mine continued operating
16:30, 15 July 2018

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Miners were brought to the surface who have had been stuck underground for six hours due to a loss of power in Toshkivka urban settlement in Luhansk region. Hromandske claimed this with the reference to the Mykola Kozachok, the Chairman of the primary trade union organization of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine. 

No casualties reported, according to him. 

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‘The second shift consisting of 90 people were in the mine at that moment. They started the work at 2 PM and got to finish at 8 PM but due to a loss of power, they stuck underground. Power was restored in the night at 1:10 AM and people were out,’ Kozachok said.  

After, the mine continued its operation.  

According to him, in case of emergency, the miners stop working and get to the area supplied with fresh air. The mine has emergency exits but they are in a very bad condition this is why the miners wait until power gets restored and then they get to the surface. 

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This is the second case of power loss over the summer, according to Kozachok. The miners were left without electricity in June. Since 

There were no cases of them staying underground for over a day since the miners’ strikes in the 1990s when workers refused to come to the surface in protest against the large wage arrears. 

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As it was said, recently, 90 miners were stuck underground in Toshkivka mire due to the loss of power. The blackout was caused by a storm.  

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