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    All miners have been rescued from the Donetsk mine and no injured have been reported, a local official said.

    MOSCOW, January 26 (Sputnik) – The rescue operation aimed at saving miners trapped underground after a mortar strike that had left the Zasyadko mine without power has been completed, a local official said Monday.

    No injured were reported, the head of the local council Ivan Prikhodko said.

    Earlier it was reported that around 500 miners were trapped underground in eastern Ukraine near Donetsk, a source in the republic’s Emergencies Ministry said Monday.

    "A shell fell in the area of the mine, as a result electric power supply is disrupted… There is no threat of the mine flooding, evacuation of 110 miners has been carried out," the agency quoted Deputy Donetsk Militia Commander, Eduard Basurin, as saying.

    Miners leave the mine cage inside the Glubokaya mine, Shakhtyorsk
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    The underground ventilation is operating correctly, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Donetsk People's Republic.

    The fighting between government forces and independence supporters in southeastern Ukraine's Donbas region has intensified in recent weeks, driving up the civilian death toll. On January 13, the shelling of a bus in the Donetsk Region town of Volnovakha killed 13 civilians. Last week, at least eight Donetsk residents were killed by rocket fire while waiting at a transit stop for a trolleybus.

    Mariupol, a major southeastern Ukraine port city, came under fire on January 24, leaving 30 people dead and over 90 wounded, according to Ukrainian authorities. Kiev and pro-independence forces are blaming each other for the killings.


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