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Blast at coal mine in eastern Ukraine kills one, wounds 14

March 04, 2015, 10:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to preliminary data, 73 miners are trapped in the mine
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MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. One person died and another 14 were injured during an explosion at the Zasyadko Mine in eastern Ukraine’s city Donetsk on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the emergencies ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic said.

"According to preliminary data, 73 miners have been blocked underground," spokesperson Yuliana Bedilo said, adding that this might have been "the explosion of a steam-and-gas mixture."

The emergencies ministry said that the rescue operation is underway. The management staff at the mine has so far failed to confirm the accident.

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