"The rescue works were complete at 07.00 p.m. [16:00 GMT] local time. Bodies of 33 miners have been found [during the rescue operation]. They have all been brought to surface," DPR Emergencies Minister Alexey Kostrubitsky said.
The explosion, apparently caused by high concentration of methane gas, occurred in the Zasyadko mine, one of Ukraine's largest, on Wednesday morning.
Earlier on Thursday, DPR authorities said that they issued an order to shut down the coal mine in February, but the management of the mine kept it running despite the ban. DPR also stated that the Zasyadko mine had been recognized as Ukraine’s most dangerous.
Since Ukraine gained independence in 1991, the blast-hit mine has seen at least eight grave accidents, which left dozens killed. The worst explosion occurred in November 2007, killing 101 workers.