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Reuters: Ukrainian women join coal mines to fill staff gaps amid Russian war

Neglected winding tower over the shaft of the “Yunkom” coal mine ten years after its closure. Bunge, Donetsk Oblast., April 2011. Photograph:
Reuters: Ukrainian women join coal mines to fill staff gaps amid Russian war

Since the Russian attack on Ukraine in 2022, the country’s coal mining industry has undergone a transformative shift, Reuters has reported.

The Ukrainian government, recognizing the urgent need for manpower, repealed a ban restricting women from working underground in coal enterprises – the work that was earlier considered too physically demanding.

With over a thousand specialists, primarily men, leaving their posts to join the fight against the invasion and many losing their lives, coal mining enterprises in eastern Ukraine faced a significant staff shortage.

In response to the critical need for skilled workers, a notable influx of Ukrainian women has taken on roles in the coal mining sector, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of the nation’s workforce.

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