Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has stated that if it is necessary to close Zasyadko mine, in order to prevent deaths, it will be done. He told journalists in Donetsk at Zasyadko mine, after the sitting of the Governmental commission on investigation of causes and liquidations of consequences of the catastrophe.

“Today we have spoken about how to prevent other deaths and what we must do for this. If it is necessary to close the mine, we will do this,” Yanukovych said.

At the same time he has stressed that annually Zasyadko mine extracts 3 millions of tons of coal.

“Taking into account that Ukraine has 6 millions of tons coking coal deficit, we will face big economic problems,” Yanukovych noted.

The Prime Minister has informed that at the moment work of the coal mine has been brought to a stop, and there are only three men under ground who keep up the regime of dewatering.

According to Yanukovych, he phoned Russian PM Viktor Zubkov and they discussed the question on international aid in the investigation of causes of the explosion at the coal mine. Yanukovych added that he addressed specialists from Poland, Germany and the USA with a request to render scientific assistance in the investigation.

Referring to the experts, Yanukovych said that the accident caused many questions. And there are no answers still.


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