Death toll from Ukraine mine blast rises to 13

KIEV, The death toll from a coal mine blast in a

separatist eastern region of Ukraine rose to 13 on Saturday, with another

four people missing, news agencies reported.

The gas blast on Thursday ripped through the mine in Yurievka village in

the selfproclaimed republic of Lugansk, which broke away from Kiev in 2014

and is run by Moscowbacked rebels.

Rescuers recovered from under the debris the bodies of 13 miners, the

news agency of the unrecognised republic said.

It added that the fate of another four miners was unknown.

On Friday, Leonid Pasechnik, the head of the selfproclaimed republic,

called the explosion at the Skhidcarbon mine a terrible tragedy.

Russia's emergency situations ministry sent mine rescuers to the separatist

territory after it requested help, it said in a statement.

The Lugansk news agency said the mine was closed in 2014 due to the

conflict between Kiev's forces and the Russiabacked separatists, but was

reopened in 2018.

Most of Ukraine's coal is produced in its eastern region, where the ongoing

fighting has cost some 13,000 lives.

Kiev has tried to boost the operations of other pits under its control in

the west of the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)