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Russian air strikes hit coal mines in Toretsk, killing three, injuring six

Russian forces launched airstrikes on two coal mines in Toretsk, Donetsk Oblast, resulting in casualties and significant damage to the infrastructure.
A civilian killed in a Russian air strike on a coal mine in Toretsk, Donetsk Oblast, 21 December 2023. Credit: Prosecutor’s Office of Donetsk Oblast.

On 21 December, Russian air strikes struck coal mines in Toretsk, Donetsk Oblast, resulting in three civilian deaths and six injuries, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported via Telegram.

The first of the two bombs struck one of the Toretsk mines, leaving the enterprise without power. During the emergency rescue operations conducted by Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES), rescuers extricated one man from a damaged building and transported him to the nearest medical facility in an armored vehicle. Additionally, the body of one worker was retrieved from the rubble by the rescue team.

At the time of the attack, 32 miners were underground in one of the affected mines. They have all been brought to the surface, Ukraine’s SES reported.

At another mine in the area, two more airstrikes resulted in significant damage to administrative buildings and equipment.

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