Coal News: 7 die in eastern Ukrainian mine

Ukrainian rescuers put a gas explosion victim's body on a stretcher at the Skochinsky mine in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014. Several people were killed in a gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine on Friday, officials said. The Emergency Services Ministry said Seventy-eight people were working in the mine when the blast occurred early Friday morning. They said it was provoked by a sudden release of gas during work in the drilling pits. 13 rescue teams and five resuscitation and anti-shock teams were dispatched to the scene of the accident, officials said. (AP Photo/Andrey Basevich)
(AP Photo/Andrey Basevich)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Seven men have died in a gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov held a minute of silence at the parliament to commemorate the deaths Friday in Donetsk.

Ukraine's energy minister Yuri Prodan was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying poor safety precautions were to blame.

Deadly accidents at coal mines are frequent in Ukraine.


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