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Mine Blast In Eastern Ukraine Kills One, Traps Nine

A blast at a mine in a separatist-controlled part of eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region has killed at least one miner.

Larisa Airapetian, the top health official of the Russia-backed separatist's self-declared government in the Luhansk region, said on May 4 that the gas explosion at the Maloivanivska mine also had trapped nine miners underground.

Airapetian said four other miners were hospitalized with burn injuries from the May 3 gas explosion.

Airapetian said efforts to rescue the nine trapped miners were underway on May 4.

Three districts of Ukraine's Luhansk region have been under separatists' control since April 2014.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax