4 killed in Ukraine mining accident

News reports say four people have been killed in an explosion at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine. The Interfax news agency cites officials in the Krasnoluchsky town council as saying one body has been pulled from the rubble. The RIA-Novosti news agency also reported the explosion, which took place Thursday morning at the Zaporozhskaya mine in the Lugansk region. The reports gave no details about the cause of the blast. Outdated equipment and poor safety standards make Ukraine’s coal mines among the world’s most dangerous. Officials say three miners die for every 1 million tons of coal brought to the surface.



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