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The death toll in eastern Ukraine, following a methane explosion
The death toll in eastern Ukraine, following a methane explosion at a coalmine has risen to 33, and 77 miners are missing, Ukrainian Vice-Premier Andriy Klyuyev said on Sunday.

The Zasyadko mine in the Donetsk Region was hit by an explosion on the night of November 17-18.

The vice-premier said a fire was still raging in the coalmine.

"Efforts are under way to extinguish the fire. After that, rescuers will begin their work," Klyuyev said.

Earlier reports said 27 miners have been hospitalized.


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