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File photo of a uranium mine. Petr David Josek/AP/Press Association Images

Ukraine mine blast kills 16

The blast took place early this morning more than half a mile underground.

AN EXPLOSION AT  a mine in eastern Ukraine early this morning has killed 16 workers, emergency officials said.

Two workers were hospitalised with burns and emergency officials are working to locate 10 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 am local time this morning.

It struck at a depth of 915 meters (0.6 miles) and 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Ukraine’s coal mines are among the world’s most dangerous due to outdated equipment and poor safety standards.

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