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Nine die in Ukraine mine accident

Rescue teams arrive at the Skochynskyy mine (8 June 2009)
Rescue workers admit there is little chance of finding the missing men alive

Nine miners are now known to have died and four are still missing after an accident at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine on Monday.

More than 30 others who escaped from the Skochynskyy mine in the Donetsk region were taken to hospital.

The incident happened around 1,000m (3,300ft) below the surface and involved an "ejection of coal and gas".

Correspondents say Ukrainian mines have a poor safety record and deaths underground are relatively common.

About 200 miners were killed in accidents last year. An explosion in 1998 killed 63 miners at Skochynskyy.

Rescue workers have admitted that there is little chance of finding the four missing men alive, with gas levels still high and underground temperatures of 38C (109F).



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