Three killed in Ukraine mine accident

Three miners died from gas poisoning Sunday while carrying out maintenance work in a disused coal mine in eastern Ukraine, the Emergency Ministry said.

The men, who were working on strengthening the mine’s tunnels, “violated safety rules and were poisoned by a mixture of carbon and methane,” the ministry said in a statement.

The accident occurred at 3:50 a.m. local time at the Anenska mine in the eastern Lugansk region, the ministry said.

Deadly accidents are frequent in the Ukrainian mines, most of which are located in the country’s industrial eastern region. Many of the mines are underfunded and poorly equipped, while safety violations are rife.


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