Gas explosion kills at least eight miners in western Ukraine

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By Euronews
Gas explosion kills at least eight miners in western Ukraine

<p>At least eight miners have been killed in a gas explosion in western Ukraine. Another six were said to have been injured.</p> <p>It happened on Thursday at the Stepovaya mine in the Lviv region, nearly 500 kilometres west of the capital Kyiv.</p> <p>The emergency services said more than 30 people had been at a depth of more than 500 metres when an explosion ripped through the mine.</p> <p>The emergency services said some 20 miners caught up in the blast were being brought to the surface.</p> <p>The prime minister flew from Kyiv to the area of the accident.</p> <p>Ukraine has about 20 coal mines with another 60 in Ukrainian territory controlled by Russian backed separatists.</p> <p>Although safety has improved, accidents are known to happen in the many Soviet-era pits.</p>