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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Miners Rally

KIEV -- About 1,000 injured Ukrainian miners started a four-day demonstration in the provinces Tuesday to protest compensation arrears of 3 million hryvna ($810,000), a trade union said.

A statement from the Confederation of Independent Ukrainian Trade Unions said the miners were owed four to 15 months of compensation, and claimed the lack of money for medical care had led to a 15 percent increase in their mortality. It said overall arrears for wages and other social compensation in the sector had reached 2.7 billion hryvna.

Coal Industry Minister Serhiy Tulub said last week there were 70 loss-making mines in Ukraine that lost 500 million hryvna ($136.5 million) last year.