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February 14, 2013

Ukraine plane crash landing kills five

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A passenger plane broke apart and caught fire after an emergency landing yesterday at Donetsk International Airport in eastern Ukraine, causing at least five fatalities. Twelve were also injured in the incident, although “most of the survivors were able to walk off the plane by themselves” according to Svytlana Borodyna, an emergency ministry spokesperson.

Russia-based news service RT said an early report indicated 45 people on the plane, which is an Antonov An-24 turboprop. However, Borodyna said there were 44 people on the 44-seater aircraft.

The aircraft reportedly came to rest in a field, approximately 700 metres off the runway. Its undercarriage broke, and it overturned and split in three. Multiple ambulances were sent to the scene.

The state emergency service said because the bodies of the deceased “sustained severe burns”, they have not been identified. “There are a lot of injured,” the statement added. Andrey Shishatsky, the governor of the Donetsk region, said “one man can be seen in the rubble but we do not know whether he is alive or not.” One other person, a flight attendant, may have been in the back end of the plane when it crash landed and is unaccounted for. 39 people have been rescued, according to the state emergency service, and subsequently transported to an airport terminal building.

The cause of the crash landing is unclear thus far. However, thick fog conditions were reported in Donetsk at the time. Whether the aircraft overshot the runway or skidded is also uncertain.

During 2011, Dmitry Medvedev — at that time the President of Russia — requested a halt to the use of Antonov An-24s, which are considered non-compliant with Ukraine’s current aircraft requirements; they lack an aerial object radar alert system.



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December 1, 2007

Blast in a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine

Blast in a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Eastern shaft of the Zasyadko coal mine.

Another blast shook the Ukrainian coal mine Zasyadko in Donetsk, where over 100 miners died in a methane blast in November. According to the United Press International news agency, 52 miners were injured. The ITAR TASS news agency reports also that most of them suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and were taken to an occupational diseases treatment clinic, while seven were hospitalised at the central hospital of the Donetsk region.

Marina Nikitina, a local officer of the Ukrainian’s industrial safety agency Gosgorpromnadzor, informed the press that all of the 385 miners who were underground when the explosion occurred, have been already evacuated. According to her, the blast took place at 5.55 a.m. EET (UTC+2) in an isolated part of the collery at the deep of 1078 metres, where 63 people were working. A Ukrainian TV channel Kanal 5 reports the disaster has been caused by a methane blast. It informs also that Vitalij Shevchenko, the mine’s general engineer, has been ousted from his post by the Ukrainian mining supervision.

It is the second explosion in two weeks that happened in the pit. The November 18 blast is regarded among the Ukrainian media as the worst coal-mining disaster in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history.

Today’s blast is a part of deadly series of accidents in the Ukrainian coal mining industry; in the Donetsk region alone about 200 people have died this year.



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November 19, 2007

Ukrainian coal mine explodes, killing 68

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Monday, November 19, 2007

An explosion in a coal mine has killed at least 80 people in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine, while 20 people are reported missing.

According to reports transmitted by the local press and the Emergency Situations Department, 360 miners managed to get to the surface safely; 28 others are currently hospitalized, some with severe burns.

The Zasyadko mine is nearly 1,000 meters deep, and 457 people were in the mine when the explosion occurred at 3:11 am.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown. Initial reports suggest that the explosion was caused by methane mixing with the air in the mine.

During the afternoon, more than thirty rescue teams were found at the scene, wearing hard hats and oxygen tanks as they prepared to enter the mine.

Relatives of the victims gathered around the entrance to the mine, awaiting news of their loved ones. Officials read the names of those confirmed as dead.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, responded to the scene; the president of the country, Viktor Yushchenko, will visit the area this Monday.

“I am grieving with all of Ukraine”, declared the Ukrainian head of state. He also criticized the government, saying that the mining industry has been a victim of “insufficient efforts”.

With obsolete installations and poor construction, Ukraine has been a victim of various mining accidents in the past. According to union estimations, between 2006 and 2007 nearly 250 miners died in accidents.



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November 25, 2004

Ukraine political crisis

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Ukraine political crisis

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Voting results by region

Background

In Ukraine, a dead heat in the October 31 election between current Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko resulted in a runoff election on November 21. The runoff was plagued with allegations of large-scale voter fraud, particularly in the oblasts (regions) of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine where Yanukovych had the strongest support. Election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) state that the election did not meet international standards and was subject to wide-scale, planned election fraud. On the other hand, some groups of international observers such as British Helsinki Human Rights Group give a quite different picture of massive violations in Western Ukraine, and pro-opposition bias of local media there: BHHRG Report(The report is discredited in this Guardian article ).

The declaration of Yanukovych as the winner of the runoff by the elections commission set into play mass demonstrations and demands for a recount or outright revote from Yuschchenko supporters. The result has been widely criticised by Western media as fraudulent.

  • Ukrainian presidential election, 2004- from our sister project at Wikipedia.

Timeline

  • Sun. Nov. 21: Runoff elections take place.
  • Ukrainian opposition leader calls for police and army to join revolution
  • Thu. Nov. 25: Ukraine election results delayed by court. Protests continue for a fourth day, while Ukraine’s highest court delays announcement of the final election results until it can resolve a dispute over the legitimacy of those results. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko praises the court’s action. According to The Times of India outgoing President Leonid Kuchma met with pro-Russian officials who had threatened to declare regional autonomy but said after the meeting that any breakup of the Ukraine was unacceptable.
  • Sat. Nov. 27: Ukraine parliament declares election invalid. In a non-binding, symbolic gesture, the Ukrainian parliament votes to declare the election results invalid, as well as passing a vote of no confidence in the elections commission.
  • Tue. Nov. 30 Ukrainian election negotiations break off. Yushchenko broke off from negotiation talk with incumbent Prime Minister Yanukovych stating that the negotiations were one-sided.
    • Ukrainian election negotiations restarted
  • Wed. Dec. 1: Ukraine parliament sacks government. Ukraine’s parliament passes a vote of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Fri. Dec. 3: Ukraine Supreme Court orders new election.
  • Sat. Dec. 4: Election reforms fail in Ukraine parliament.
  • Sat. Dec. 11: Ukraine opposition candidate Yushchenko is suffering from a Dioxin intoxication, doctors say. This is reported as being the second highest level of Dioxin ever found in a human.
  • Mon. Dec. 27: Yushchenko claims victory in re-run. Pro-government candidate Yanukovych refuses to accept results.
  • Fri. Dec. 31: Yanukovych declares his resignation from his post as Prime Minister.
  • Sun. Jan. 23, 2005: Yushchenko sworn in as president of Ukraine

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