Hope Fades for 12 Missing Miners

YENAKIYEVO, Ukraine — Rescuers have little chance of finding alive 12 miners missing after a gas explosion at a Ukrainian colliery, officials said Tuesday.

Twenty-four men were brought to the surface on Monday — more than 24 hours after the blast shattered installations and blocked shafts at the Karl Marx pit in the Donbass coal field. One man was found dead, and four were seriously burned.

First Deputy Prime Minister Oleksander Turchynov said many of the missing men had borne the brunt of Sunday's blast. "I do not want to make any predictions, but I would say that the chances are minimal. But there is always hope," he said.

Nine of the men, he said, were on their way to the surface in an elevator when the blast hit them full force at a depth of 200 meters, sending the cage cascading back down the shaft.