A grenade explosion at a power station is the reason why hundreds of miners can't come out from the Zasyadko mine in Ukraine, Russian Sputnik News reports.
According to the newspaper, 496 people have been trapped underground after the mine lost power. At least 110 people are said to be rescued from the mine, the newspaper told.
There are no reports of injured neither among the evacuees or among those who are still trapped.
The mine is located in the separatist-controlled Donetsk. A similar incident occurred on January11. Then 300 workers were stuck in mine.
- We are working to get them out to safety, a spokesman from the government told AFP.
There are currently fierce fighting between government forces and Ukrainian pro Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. The rebels, who Nato claims are backed by the Russian military, on Sunday started a new offensive against the government forces.
According to Reuters, seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another 24 people have been injured in the country in the last day. Over 5,000 people have been killed in fighting in Ukraine.
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