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Ukrainian forces shell four mines in DPR — coal and energy ministry

August 24, 2015, 16:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the ministry, main ventilation fans stopped as a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk when 90 miners were working underground
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Aftermath of shelling in Donetsk (archive)

Aftermath of shelling in Donetsk (archive)

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MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS/. Ukrainian Armed Forces have shelled four mines on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), DPR ministry of coal and energy told Donetsk News Agency on Monday.

"Overnight to August 24, Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the Abakumov mine, the Chelyuskintsev mine, and the Skochinsky state enterprise ‘Donetsk Coal Energy Company’. The Rumyantsev mine of the state enterprise ‘Artyomugol’ was also affected as the explosive wave shattered all windows in the administrative building. The remaining three mines are left without electricity," the ministry noted.

According to the ministry, main ventilation fans stopped as a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk when 90 miners were working underground.

The coal and energy ministry confirmed that all mines are working in the routine mode now, and no one was injured in the shellings by Ukrainian forces.

Minsk agreements on Ukraine

Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk agreements on the settlements of the situation in Ukraine. The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Minsk accords also envisage weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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