Publication: Monitor Volume: 4 Issue: 66

At least sixty-three miners were killed and nearly fifty wounded, some of them critically, in a methane-gas explosion on April 4 at the Skochinsky coal mine near Donetsk. The same mine was the scene of a similar explosion in 1992 that killed seventeen workers. The Ukrainian government has declared a day of national mourning, and the Donbas three.

Similar explosions have occurred at other Soviet-era Donbas mines as well, mainly due to both wear and lack of funding for protection measures. Last year, 290 Ukrainian coal workers died in mine accidents. (UNIAN, April 4; Western agencies, April 5)

Zhvania Calls for U.S. Support Against "Another 1921."