16:36 May. 4, 2016
Four miners are hospitalized with burns after a gas explosion in separatist-occupied town
A blast at a mine in a separatist-controlled part of eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region has killed at least one miner, acording to the RFE/RL report.
Larisa Airapetian, the top health official of the Russia-backed separatist's self-declared government in the Luhansk region, said on May 4 that the gas explosion at the Maloivanivska mine also had trapped nine miners underground. Summary 20 workers were inside the mine when the blast occurred .
Airapetian said four other miners were hospitalized with burn injuries from the May 3 gas explosion. She also said efforts to rescue the nine trapped miners were underway on May 4.
"The chances of finding them alive are slim - the gas accumulation is very high."- said Airapetian.
The former Soviet republic's industrial east has suffered from repeated deadly accidents in its loss-making and poorly-maintained coal mining sector.
Three districts of Ukraine's Luhansk region have been under separatists' control since April 2014.