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Ukraine mine fire kills 3

A coalmine in eastern Ukraine caught fire and killed three miners Monday, according to government reports.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | February 3, 2003

A coalmine in eastern Ukraine caught fire and killed three miners Monday, according to government reports.

Mine disasters are unfortunately commonplace in Ukraine, with some 250 miners dying last year, and 3,700 since 1991.

Monday's fire was in the Dzerzhinskyhi mine in the Donetsk region.

Ukraine's high number of mine disasters is attributed to deep mines, high methane concentrations, lax safety standards, and poorly maintained equipment.


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