Crisis hits coal mining industry in occupied Luhansk Oblast: Most workers mobilized, over 80% of mines shuttered


Nearly 60% of miners in the Russian-occupied eastern region of Ukraine have been conscripted, and 100 out of 114 coal mines have been shuttered, branded as "unprofitable," according to an April 26 announcement by Luhansk Oblast governor Artem Lysohor.

The decline in the mining sector, crucial for the region's economy, is attributed to the occupying authorities' refusal to invest in its development coupled with the widespread mobilization of the workforce.

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As a consequence, operations at many mines have nearly ceased. For instance, the Chervonyi Partizan mine in Voznesenivka now operates with just six workers per shift.

Additionally, Lysohor revealed that starting in September, schools in the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" will mandate a new course on drone operations. While the course will be conducted in "specialized clubs," attendance is compulsory, with Russian military personnel serving as instructors.

On April 25, the governor of another partially occupied Ukrainian oblast, Zaporizhzhya, Ivan Fedorov, reported that Russia had begun its spring conscription campaign, forcibly enlisting Ukrainians from the temporarily occupied territories.

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