The suffering in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine continued this week after a mine blast killed at least 33 workers.
The blast happened just before dawn, more than 1,000 meters underground. While it happened in a Ukrainian region that’s been marred by clashes between the government and pro-Russian separatists, it’s believed that the blast was caused by methane gas — not fighting related to the war.
The civil conflict has nevertheless intensified the situation — Ukraine’s prime minister said Wednesday that rebels were hampering rescue efforts for the remaining miners.
In this CC TV News video, a survivor describes what it was like during the moment of the blast.
This latest unfortunate event is just one of many that have afflicted the mine during its 57-year history.