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Mine collapse in Donetsk region: One miner killed, two more seriously injured

The prosecutor's office began investigating the incident as a violation of safety rules during the execution of works with increased danger
17:58, 14 April 2019

Novovolynska-9 coal mine in Novovolynsk, Ukraine August 2, 2018
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A mine collapse occurred in the Donetsk region. As a result of the incident, one miner was killed and two more were seriously injured. This is reported by the press service of the local prosecutor's office.

According to the report, the incident took place this morning during the cementation of the dome part of the ventilation shaft and the sump cleaning ladder.

"When moving the shelf overlapping the ventilation shaft, the offset occurred, due to which the employees of the enterprise fell into the sump part of the ventilation shaft," the report states.

In particular, as a result of the incident, a 40-year-old miner and a 30-year-old assistant to the section chief received serious injuries, and a 27-year-old miner died on the spot.

Local police opened criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Art. 272 (violation of safety rules during the execution of works with increased danger) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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

Earlier, Donbas militants started to flood Yunkom mine in a temporarily occupied Yenakiyeve of Donetsk region. Almost 40 years ago there has been a nuclear explosion performed with an aim to relieve the tension in the mountain massif. The journalist Denys Kazansky reported this on Facebook. Thus, Donbas residents are facing the danger of radiation poisoning, in particular through the poisoning of drinking water.  

Deputy Minister of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Yuriy Hrymchak commented on this issue on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“This mine hasn’t been working for a long time now, it had been closed. But it was set on the so-called “eternal conservation.” It means that water withdrawal was to go on for the years ahead. The danger is that during the flooding of the place of nuclear explosion, radionuclides can flow out with the ground waters to the surface and it threatens not only ground water but also that on the surface. And it can flow out of Ukraine’s territory to Russia… To continue pumping out the water we need around 10 million dollars, but for today Russia says they don’t have money, so “do what you want,” Hrymchak said.

Related: Fire at Pokrovska mine, Donetsk region, no casualties

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