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 Government.
"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 Groysman.
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.
"The most important thing is safety, lives and health of miners. Life is precious. We must remember it every day," said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Commission will draw conclusions "about the answerability of all involved without exception," said the Prime Minister.
Answering a 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.