7 die in eastern Ukrainian mine

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Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 3:34 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Seven men have died in a gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov held a minute of silence at the parliament to commemorate the deaths Friday in Donetsk.

Ukraine's energy minister Yuri Prodan was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying poor safety precautions were to blame.

Deadly accidents at coal mines are frequent in Ukraine.

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