At least eight people have been killed, and a further six injured, following a methane gas explosion in a coal mine in western Ukraine.
At least eight miners were killed in a methane gas explosion in a coal mine in western Ukraine’s Lviv region on Thursday, the Ukrainian emergencies service said.
The service said 34 miners had been at a depth of 550 metres when the explosion ripped through the mine at 12:46 local time (10:46 GMT).
A further six miners were injured in the blast and 20 others were being brought back to the surface unharmed, it added.
Although mine safety has improved in recent years, fatal accidents are still relatively common in Ukraine’s ageing pits, most of which date from the Soviet Union.