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Criminal case opened into latest Ukrainian mine blast

(Xinhua)

09:20, August 05, 2011

The Lugansk region prosecutor's office would start a criminal investigation into the Krasnokutska mine blast, the State Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday.

The enterprise running the mine might have violated the Ukrainian Criminal Code article concerning safety at explosion-prone sites, the office said.

Ukraine's third mining accident within a week, the explosion took place at the eastern Ukraine mine Thursday at 11:40 a.m. local time (1440 GMT) at a depth of 155 meters after miners switched on an electric cable hoister.

The methane blast injured 26 workers. One is in a critical condition, four were badly injured and 21 recieved minor burns.

Ukraine suffered a traumatic blow on July 29, when an explosion and a machinery collapse at two other mines killed 38 miners in total.

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