Explosion traps more than 70 workers inside Donetsk mine

Donetsk rescuers are trying to unblock the Zasyadko mine where 73 workers have been trapped by an explosion, spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Emergency Situations Ministry Juliana Bedilo said on Wednesday.

Donetsk rescuers are trying to unblock the Zasyadko mine where 73 workers have been trapped by an explosion, spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) Emergency Situations Ministry Juliana Bedilo said on Wednesday.

"Reportedly, 73 people have been trapped underground. A rescue effort is underway. The incident killed one person and injured another 14," the Donetsk news agency has quoted Bedilo as saying.

In her words, it was an explosion of an air and gas mixture. "This is not the result of an artillery attack," she said.

Thirty-two miners have been killed in an accident in the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Hroysman said.

"A tragedy happened at the Zasyadko mine this morning. There are fatalities. There are 32 of them at the moment," Hroysman said at a parliamentary session on Wednesday morning.

He asked the parliamentarians to pay tribute to the memory of those killed.

It was reported earlier with reference to Mykhailo Volynets, the head of the Ukrainian Independent Union of Miners, that 47 miners remained unaccounted for after an air-methane mixture exploded underground at the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk at 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

Five miners managed to leave the accident-stricken section safely, the union said on its website.

The Zasyadko mine, one of the largest in Ukraine, is located on a territory not controlled by Kiev.

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