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No less than eight miners have been killed after a methane explosion in a coal mine in western Ukraine.

Emergency officers stated 34 miners have been working within the space of the blast, about 500m underground. Six injured have been delivered to the floor quickly afterwards.

The incident passed off at 12:46 native time (10:46 GMT) on the mine within the Sokal district of Lviv area.

The opposite 20 miners have been initially trapped however have been rescued a number of hours later, apparently unhurt.

There have been 172 miners working on the pit on the time.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the nation to be in mourning. He stated all coal mines would bear new security inspections.

Ukraine has frequent mining accidents, although this was the primary in 2017.

Many of the nation’s coal is within the Donbass area within the east, in an space at the moment ravaged by battle with Russian-backed rebels.