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Ukraine: Miners threaten to 'use their fists' if govt keeps rejecting their demands01:11

Ukraine: Miners threaten to 'use their fists' if govt keeps rejecting their demands

Ukraine, Kiev
April 23, 2015 at 03:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of miners continued protesting in central Kiev, Thursday, to demand outstanding payments and to protest against job losses and the closure of mines.

The protesters are demanding an audience with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, but have so far been refused. The protesters banged their helmets on the second day of protest in the Ukrainian capital. Mikhail Volynets, chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, blamed Yatsenyuk for the collapse of the economy and the entire energy sector, calling him a shame on the country and threatening to extract the miners' demands with force, if needed.

The miners broke through police cordons, Wednesday directly outside the Presidential Administration building. With loss of control over the Donbass region, Kiev has lost many of its mines and is also planning closures. In response the miners have promised to organise a series of nation-wide strikes if their demands continue to be ignored.

Ukraine: Miners threaten to 'use their fists' if govt keeps rejecting their demands01:11
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Hundreds of miners continued protesting in central Kiev, Thursday, to demand outstanding payments and to protest against job losses and the closure of mines.

The protesters are demanding an audience with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, but have so far been refused. The protesters banged their helmets on the second day of protest in the Ukrainian capital. Mikhail Volynets, chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, blamed Yatsenyuk for the collapse of the economy and the entire energy sector, calling him a shame on the country and threatening to extract the miners' demands with force, if needed.

The miners broke through police cordons, Wednesday directly outside the Presidential Administration building. With loss of control over the Donbass region, Kiev has lost many of its mines and is also planning closures. In response the miners have promised to organise a series of nation-wide strikes if their demands continue to be ignored.

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