Itar-Tass Russia, CIS news summary for Friday, July 29=2.

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MINSK — Members of the Permanent Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) will take part in the monitoring of a phase of the joint staff exercises of the Belarusian Armed Forces, during which they will visit the 103rd Guards separate mobile brigade.

KIEV — Sixteen miners have been killed in an explosion in the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya mine in the Krasnodon district of the Lugansk region in Ukraine.

KIEV — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who was on vacations in the Crimea, flied urgently to the Lugansk Region, where 16 miners died in a mine blast in the Krasnodonsk district, the Ukrainian presidential press service reported on Friday.

KIEV — The Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya mine explosion in Ukraine’s Lugansk region has killed 16 miners, the fate of 10 remains unknown. Two miners were hospitalised with burns and injuries, the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry reported. The explosion took place at about 03:00, Friday, at a depth of 915 metres. A total 28 people were working in the emergency section.

KIEV — Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuri Boiko is personally supervising the rescue efforts at the site of the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya mine explosion in the Krasnodonsk district of the Lugansk region where 16 miners were killed overnight to Friday. A total of 11 teams of mine rescuers of the ministry are involved in the rescue operation.

DONETSK — Ukraine’s president has expressed condolences to the families of miners who were killed in an explosion at the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya mine in the Lugansk region on Friday, the presidential press service reported. President Viktor Yanukovich has also instructed the government to establish a commission to investigate the causes of the accident at the mine.

DONETSK — A failure in the electric circuit or violations in demolition works might have caused the explosion at the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya mine in the Lugansk region, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said at the mine on Friday.

MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sent his condolences to the Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich in connection with an explosion at a mine in the Lugansk region.

KIEV — One man was killed and eight more were injured as a lifting device came down from a height of 70 meters in a coalmine in Ukraine’s Makeyevka, the Ukrainian emergencies ministry reported on Friday.

MOSCOW — Six people have been injured in a road accident involving a minibus taxi in the north of Moscow, the capital’s law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass.“A minibus taxi collided with a car at the intersection of Menzhinsky and Yeniseiskaya Streets on Friday morning and overturned from the impact,” the source said. “Six people were injured, and doctors are currently rendering aid to them.”

MOSCOW — Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has sent an Ilyushin-76 jet to take part in a fire fighting operation in Russia’s southern Rostov region, a ministry spokesman told Itar-Tass on Friday.

MOSCOW — More than 30 children were hospitalized with food poisoning from a children’s summer camp outside Moscow, a source in local police told Itar-Tass on Friday. “A total of 34 children aged from seven to 14 have been hospitalized with symptoms of food poisoning from the Rodnik camp in the Pushkino district since late Thursday,” the source said.

MOSCOW — The wildfire situation in Russia has been stabilized, Vladimir Stepanov, the head of the national crisis management centre of the Russian emergencies ministry, told Itar-Tass on Friday.

MINSK — A Boeing 767 of the Rossiya airlines en route from Greece’s Rhodes to Russia’s St. Petersburg has made an emergency landing at the Minsk airport, a spokesman for the Belarusian emergencies ministry said on Friday.

SOFIA — Four Russian tourists were hospitalized after a traffic accident in Bulgaria, the rest are alive, traffic police reported on Friday. The accident occurred at about 13:00 Moscow time near the settlement of Obzor. A minivan with 15 Russian tourists was en route from the resort city of Burgas to Varna when it overturned due to yet unknown reasons.

MOSCOW — The Thursday windstorm in Moscow caused minor damage: there were neither floods nor power line wire ruptures, Vice-Mayor for Housing and Public Utilities Pyotr Biryukov said.

TOMSK — A Tu-154 passenger airplane made a distress landing at the Bogashevo airport outside the Russian Siberian city of Tomsk, a spokesman for the regional emergencies administration said on Friday.

SYKTYVKAR — The forest fire situation in the Udor district of Komi is improving, said speakers at a Friday meeting chaired by Komi head Vyacheslav Geiser. There are 27 wildfires in the district, and nine of them are confined and will be put out within a day or two, deputy head of the Komi Forest Committee Ruslan Ulyanov said. No new wildfires occurred within the past 24 hours, and five fires were put out. The fires close to Edva, Bolshaya Puchkoma and Vylgort are confined.

MOSCOW — The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has reported a lesser swimmer mortality rate in Moscow this year. “There were 175 accidents in Moscow water ponds this year. Forty-five people drowned, and 147 were rescued. The swimmer mortality rate has declined,” Vladimir Volkov from the city emergency situations department said.

MAKHACHKALA — An unidentified attacker shot and killed the acting head of the village of Verkhniye Ubeki in Dagestan’s Levishinsky district, police said.

The attacker killed Rabadan Omarov near his house at around 23:30, Moscow time, on Thursday, and fled the scene of crime. A group of detectives is working at the scene.

ASGABAT — A group of employees of Turkmenistan’s Central Bank has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges, local media reported on Friday.

KIEV — The prosecutor’s office of the Lugansk region has opened a criminal case over the Sukhodolskaya-Vostochnaya mine tragedy under the Ukrainian Criminal Code article “violation of safety rules at explosion-prone enterprises by officials who are required to comply with them, which resulted in the loss of life,” the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported here on Friday. A total of 16 people were killed in the accident.

MOSCOW — Another six suspected participants in the mass brawl in Sagra, Sverdlovsk region, are arrested, Russian Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass.

MOSCOW — The seventeenth suspect has been apprehended in the Sagra mass brawl case. He is a resident of Yekaterinburg, Russian Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass. “Daniil Soshnikov was carrying a handmade gun, knives, a clam shovel and a club. He is charged with banditry and unrest [articles 209 and 212 of the Russian Criminal Code],” he said.

DONETSK — The Donetsk regional prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal case over the elevator collapse at the Bazhanov mine in Makeyevka.

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