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At least 10 dead, more trapped after mine explosion in Ukraine

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 Officials in Ukraine say at least 10 workers are dead after a methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn today.

   The blast took place in eastern Ukraine, which has been the scene of battles between government troops and pro-Russia separatists. But rebel authorities say the explosion wasn't caused by shelling. It took place in a city under the control of separatists.

   Efforts to rescue more than 20 workers trapped by the rubble have been hampered by limited access to the mine.

   There have been conflicting reports on the number of dead. The regional governor's office serving Kiev said that as of the late afternoon, 10 people had been confirmed as having been killed and that the fate of another 23 was unknown. But rebel officials insisted late into the afternoon that only one person had died.

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