Officials: 18 Killed, 20 Missing In Ukraine Mine Blast

KIEV, Ukraine -- A powerful explosion rocked a mine in eastern Ukraine early Friday, killing 18 workers, emergency officials said.

Ukrainian coal miners

Two workers were hospitalized with burns and emergency officials were working to locate 20 other miners who had worked in the area of the explosion.

The blast hit the Suhodilsk-Eastern mine in the eastern Luhansk region at about 2 a.m. local time Friday at a depth of 915 meters (0.6 miles), the ministry said.

Investigators are working to establish the cause of the explosion.

Ukraine’s coal mines are among the world’s most dangerous due to outdated equipment and poor safety standards.

Source: The Washington Post