STRIKING MINERS MAY LEAVE KYIV. Mykhaylo Volynets, leader of the Independent Coal Miners Trade Union, has said miners from Pavlovhrad who are picketing government buildings in Kyiv may go home if the government pays some of the money owed to them, Interfax reported. Volynets said the government has promised to pay some 17 million hryvni ($8.2 million) in back wages and offered a loan of 30 million hryvni to the striking miners. However, Deputy Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Radchenko said on national television that it would be "incorrect and unjust" to pay overdue wages only to the Pavlovhrad miners and leave the payment problem unresolved at other mines. JM