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Eight miners were killed, six were injured and 20 other workers were still missing due to a methane gas explosion in a coal mine in the village of Hlukhiv in Lviv region’s Sokalskiy district, reported Ukrinform (Ukraine).

This has been reported by the press service of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service.
According to the report, 172 miners were on shift, 34 people were at a depth of 550 meters when the explosion ripped through the mine, eight of them were killed in the blast, and another six were injured.
The fate of 20 miners remains unknown.
The collapse investigation has been launched.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the national mourning due to tragedy that occurred on Lviv mine today. He has signed the according decree, reported 112.International (Ukraine).

According to the decree #52/2017 "On declaring mourning day in Ukraine" in connection with the deaths of miners at OJSC LvivVugillya, March 3 is declared a mourning day. A minute of silence will be observed to honor dead miners at 12 noon.

The Ukrainian Flag on all government buildings will be half-mast. All recreational activities as well as TV and Radio programs should be accordingly changed, according to the message.

At the same time, Petro Poroshenko ordered to check all mines due to the tragedy in Lviv region. He instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to carry out necessary inspections of all coal-mining enterprises regarding their accordance to safety standards.
Earlier today Lviv prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case due to this occasion.

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