Armed militants attack Akhmetov’s mine

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Saturday morning, June 21, unidentified armed men in armored personnel carriers and trucks with “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) symbols broke into the territory of the DTEK Mine Komsomolets Donbasa (belonging to oligarch Rinat Akhmetov -Ed.), reports Ukrainska Pravda, citing the DTEK press service.

Under threat of arms, the intruders forced the employees in the administrative building to lie face down and turn off all mobile phones. At the time, there were some 700 people in the mine, the press service reports. Continue reading

Donbas miners want arms to fend off the ‘separatists’ in eastern Ukraine

Independent Union of Donbas Miners President Mykhailo Volynets has appealed to the Ukrainian government to provide arms to the miners so that they can defend cities of Donbas from separatists and terrorists.

“The moment came when the miners have to act decisively and fight separatists,” says Volynets.

Donbas miners are worried that only 3 out of more than 60 mines in Rostov region next to Ukraine are still operational. Russia’s main coal region, the Kuzbas, is all open pit mining. Together, these spell massive unemployment for miners should the Donbas join Russia and miners are mostly very much against it.

Translation: Lidia Wolanskyj Continue reading

Yatsenyuk: Close Mines, Give Each Miner UAH 80,000 a year

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Prime Minister Yatsenyuk told the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday that out of UAH 13bn of subsidies that are allocated to the coal industry, “the miners get only UAH 3bn; the rest is stolen.”

He quoted an expert, “who has been working in the coal industry all his life”:

“Out of the UAH 13bn which is spent on the so-called subsidy for the coal industry, he believes that UAH 10bn is stolen and only UAH 3bn reaches the miners.” Continue reading