Relatives of the victims of Ukraine’s worst mining disaster have begun burying their dead. At least 89 people died in an underground methane blast on Sunday, a further 11 are missing but officials said there is little chance they are still alive.
Hundreds of people paid their last tribute to the miners and flags across the former Soviet state flew at half-mast on what was a national day of mourning.
Ukraine’s president Viktor Yushchenko, who visited the Zasyadko mine at Donetsk on Monday, has ordered a government commission to investigate the accident and called for an overhaul of the coal mining sector.
But even as the funerals were taking place, three busloads of miners were heading towards the mine, where work was due to begin again.