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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Miner Death Rate

DONETSK, Ukraine () -- A total of 250 Ukrainian miners have died in accidents this year, Itar-Tass said.

The aging mines in Ukraine are plagued by accidents which killed 339 miners and injured more than 40,000 in 1995, the agency said Sunday.

Coal production in Ukraine has dropped by more than 37 percent since the former Soviet republic achieved independence in 1991, sliding from 135.6 million tons in 1991 to 83.6 million tons in 1995, it said.