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Russians shell power plant in Donbas: Mine left in darkness, 17 people trapped underground

Russians shell power plant in Donbas: Mine left in darkness, 17 people trapped underground Russians shelled a thermal power plant in Donbas (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Russian occupiers do not stop shelling the Donetsk region. In particular, the invaders attacked a substation and a thermal power plant, leaving a mine and miners underground without power, and a fire broke out, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and DTEK.

"As a result of the shelling in Donetsk region, the equipment of one of the substations was de-energized, leaving household consumers and a mine without power," the Energy Ministry says in a statement.

In particular, at the time of the Russian shelling, there were 17 workers in the mine, a fire broke out on the surface, and the fire was extinguished.

In addition, in the evening, the enemy shelled a thermal power plant in the Donetsk region.

"There are no casualties. The unit is offline," the Ministry of Energy adds.

This is not the first time this TPP has come under fire

DTEK's frontline thermal power plant, which has been attacked several times before, was once again damaged by shelling.

"According to preliminary information, there were no casualties. The attack severely damaged the plant's equipment," DTEK says.

After the shelling stopped, the energy company began to repair the damage.

Over the past two and a half months, the company says, the enemy has carried out more than a dozen attacks on the plant. During one of them, 5 power engineers were wounded.

Russin shelling of thermal power plants in Ukraine

It has become a common practice for Russia to shell energy facilities in Ukraine, including thermal power plants. For example, on November 12, it was reported that over the past three weeks, Russia had already shelled one of DTEK Energy's thermal power plants three times. The Russian occupiers also attacked the TPP in the evening of November 7. A thermal power plant in the frontline region came under fire.