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Protest at 700 meters under ground: Donbas miners refuse to come to surface

Workers of Horska coal mine in Luhansk region are outraged because of the blackouts; they have been protesting for more than two days in a row
11:40, 3 July 2019

Hirska coal mine
Mykhailo Volynets Facebook

Mountaineers of Hirska coal mine (Pervomaisk, Luhansk region) have been refusing to get to the surface for three days straight. The miners protest against the ongoing blackout, as the mines of Pervomaiskvuhillya and Lysychanskvuhillya were cut off the grid on July 1.

Pavlo Lysiansky, the Ombudsman's representative in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, reported that on Facebook.

"Tonight (July 3, - 112 International), I was present at the enterprise, I held the telephone talks with the protesting miners (from the director's office); I found out about the health conditions, as well as the situation at the enterprise in general", Lysiansky posted.

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According to him, twelve miners are staying at a depth of 700 meters under the ground. Their condition is satisfactory. "The demands of miners did not change; they aks for guarantees so that the enterprises are not shut off", he added.

A medical worker and a member of a military-grade mine rescue team are on the watch, he climbs down to the miners to check their health status. 

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