The mine is owned by Rinat Akhmetov, Ukranie’s richest man. It is a part of Akhmetov’s Krasnodonugol (Krasnodonvuhillia in Ukrainian) coal company, which is a leading coal producer in Ukranie and operates a handful of mines. In turn, Krasnodonugol is a part of Akhmetov’s Metinvest steel holding, the largest steel producer in Ukraine.
The proceedings were launched under part 2 of Article 273 of the Criminal Code (violation of safety rules by officials at explosive hazardous factories, which resulted in deaths), the media relations department of the General Prosecutor’s Office reported on Friday.
At the instruction of Acting Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka his deputy Yuriy Udartsov left for the scene of the accident.