Nearly 3,000 miners have been rescued in Ukraine after power outages caused by Russian strikes on the country's energy infrastructure left them trapped underground overnight.
Rescue efforts at mines in the central Dnipropetrovsk region concluded in the early hours of this morning, Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the Kryvyi Rih city military administration, said in a Telegram post.
Regional head Valentyn Reznichenko said "rescue teams were able to extract nearly 3,000 miners to the surface." It was a "tense" night in Dnipropetrovsk, he added.
Reznichenko said half of the region's households have had power restored but "blackouts will continue to minimize the load on the power grid."
Some context: A series of Russian airstrikes against Ukraine on Wednesday destroyed critical facilities, including energy infrastructure, housing, and a hospital maternity ward, where a newborn baby was killed. The large-scale assault also led to widespread blackouts in Ukraine and neighboring Moldova.