: At least one killed, nine missing in Luhansk mine blast

16:36 May. 4, 2016

At least one killed, nine missing in Luhansk mine blast

Miner at the combine in the mine shaft in Sverdlovsk (Lugansk region.) 26 September 2011 (UNIAN Photo)

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 .

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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.


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