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Tuesday, 21 March, 2000, 13:59 GMT
Officials charged over Ukraine mine accident

Three officials in Ukraine have been charged with violating safety rules in connection with an explosion in a mine that killed at least eighty workers earlier this month.

The state prosecutor's office said that the officials, including the Barakov mine's former director, could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.

Earlier a government commission said that the blast was caused by gross neglect.

The accident was the worst in a series of mining disasters in Ukraine since it gained its independence after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

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