One killed, three hurt in Ukrainian mine explosion

One miner was killed and three others injured in a blast at the Novovolynsk No.1 mine in western Ukraine, the Ministry of Emergency reported Friday.

“Two miners were injured seriously and the health of another person is currently in satisfactory condition,” the ministry said.

It said the explosion occurred more than 370 meters below the surface late Thursday night, and a special commission was investigating the case but had not yet concluded the causes.

Many miners have died in mining accidents in recent years in Ukraine. Eighty people were killed in an explosion at the Barakova coal mine in Luhansk in 2000, 101 miners died at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk in 2007 and another 37 in 2008.


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