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Monday, 13 March, 2000, 00:46 GMT
Mourning in Ukraine following mine disaster


The people of Ukraine are beginning two days of official mourning in memory of eighty miners who died in a mine explosion at the weekend.

President Leonid Kuchma has ordered that flags should fly at half-mast on all public buildings and entertainment programmes on television are to be cancelled.

More than two-hundred and fifty rescue workers have completed the task of bringing the bodies of the victims to the surface.

Seven miners were also injured in the accident at the Barakova mine, in Krasnodon, five of them critically. It was the worst in a series of mine disasters in Ukraine since the country became independent after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

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