The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine plans on Friday to set
up a state Commission responsible for inspecting all mining companies in the
country to provide funds and compliance with production safety. This was
announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman following an
operational meeting at the Stepova mine of JSC LvivVuhillia located in Hlukhiv
village of Sokalsky area, Lviv region.
"This is the case when we need not just to get the facts
straight about the accident, but to study the situation in other mines of the
country, what is the state of affairs with the safety of miners both personal
and collective. This is priority No. 1. We therefore took the following
decision: tomorrow - the establishment of the state Commission at the level of
the Cabinet of Ministers", stressed the Prime Minister.
Besides, the sum worth UAH 200 million will be allocated for
the purchase of protective clothing for miners, announced the Head of
"The second position – and representatives of the
Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry were telling about it – there exist a
problem of the lack of protective clothing for the miners. We need UAH 200
million for this purpose. I have assumed the commitment - I will repay – an additional
resource worth UAH 200 million will be allotted to the miners to get personal
protective clothing. The most precious is the life and health of the miners who
are forced to work in conditions of inherent dangers," said Volodymyr
In 2017, there have been budgeted UAH 1.8 billion for the
modernization and financing of mines, reminded the Prime Minister.
He noted that according to his commission to the Minister of
Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk before the tragedy within two weeks the Government
will hear a presentation of the plan of upgrading the mines in the country.
most important thing is safety, lives and health of miners. Life is precious. We
must remember it every day," said Volodymyr Groysman.
will draw conclusions "about the answerability of all involved without
exception," said the Prime Minister.
question about the causes of the tragedy, he noted that methane gas contributed
to the fatal blast. The details
of the emergency should be found by the Commission.