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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mine Blast Kills 5 in Ukraine

KIEV -- A new explosion tore through a Ukrainian mine as workers were searching for bodies from the last deadly blast, killing five people and injuring dozens, officials said Monday.

The blast late Sunday was the third at the massive Zasyadko mine in the eastern city of Donetsk, where 101 miners died Nov. 18 in Ukraine's worst mining disaster since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Five people were killed and 66 injured in Sunday's explosion, said Marina Nikitina, a local officer with the federal industrial safety agency.

President Viktor Yushchenko ordered the mine closed.

Yushchenko demanded that the mine be shut until authorities determine the cause of the blasts and investigate those responsible, a statement on the presidential web site said.

On Saturday, 44 people were injured in an explosion in the same section of the mine.

Sunday's blast occurred while emergency workers were cleaning up the site of the Nov. 18 blast at a depth of more than 1,000 meters. Ten bodies from the original blast have yet to be recovered.

Ukraine's mines are regarded as some of the world's most dangerous, partly because many are in poor repair. In addition, the country's mines typically are twice the depth of most European coal beds.

High levels of methane accumulate at such depths.