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/ 19 November 2007

Seventy dead as rescue teams battle Ukraine mine fire

Rescue teams battled a tenacious fire in a Ukrainian colliery on Monday as they strove to locate 30 miners missing underground after a methane blast killed at least 70 miners. The explosion at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, heart of Ukraine’s Donbass coalfield, is likely to become the country’s deadliest accident since independence from Soviet rule in 1991.

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/ 18 November 2007

Ukraine mine blast kills 17

Seventeen miners were killed and 14 are missing after a methane explosion ripped through a mine in Ukraine’s Donbass coalfield on Sunday, the latest of a string of accidents in the region’s outdated mines. Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry said 31 miners had been in the immediate vicinity of the 3am blast at the Zasyadko mine in the coalfield’s main town, Donetsk.