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30 July 2011

Mining Accidents in Ukraine Kill 25

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Rescue workers have found five more bodies at two Ukrainian coal mines where accidents occurred, raising the death toll to 25.

Twelve other miners remain missing.

The accidents in the eastern regions shocked the country and highlighted the dangers of the nation's mining industry. It is believed to be one of the world's most dangerous because of outdated equipment and disregard for safety regulations.

The government said Saturday that Friday's pre-dawn blast at the Suhodilska-Eastern mine in the Luhansk region killed 18 workers, including one body found Saturday. Investigators suspect the accident was caused by an explosion of methane.

In the Donetsk region, rescue workers at the site of an elevator collapse found four more bodies Saturday, raising the death toll there to seven.

- New York Times