12 Life Of Donbass Miners

Life Of Donbass Miners


Through a number of pictures a photographer Alexander Chekmenev tells us about a hard life of Donbass mineworkers. He also provides some comments sharing his memories.

Old apartments of miners lacked central heating. They made themselves warm with the help of coal loaded into small iron stoves.

Cold water was supplied according to a certain time schedule and was available 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. Hot water supply was stopped.

Miners had to sleep next to the stoves as it was too cold inside. They were short of money and could get some food only at their working place.

Miners said they got used to the awful conditions but could never stop wondering why people who spent their lives on making the entire state warm froze in their apartments.

Common people won’t go out to get some coal for their houses at night and wait for the morning. But it’s not the case for the miners who find life in the dark so common that they can do their house-chores jut whenever they feel like doing that.

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12 Responses to “Life Of Donbass Miners”

  1. GsomGsom says:

    old fotos

  2. Osip says:

    This looks like the illegal mining of the coal. Not uncommon in the backward areas.
    But I don’t understand the breaking apart of the aerial bombs and the burning of the explosives. Where are such things found in Donbass??

  3. zld says:

    a very very hard life.. and not a colors life..

  4. Musa says:

    That’s really messed up they don’t have heat and water all the time, even hot water to use to bathe or shower with in Winter. They look like a strong and some even happy people inspite of it. That’s a rough way to work and live.

  5. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Wow. These poor people.

  6. neblogenso says:

    Amazing photos, I was looking for them. Dark faces, standing alone, but still, with smile, and no regrets.

  7. Sean says:

    Donbass is in independent Ukraine, correct? I was visiting in West Virginia mines. Doesn’t look that different, but of course there is big difference such as better medical insurance and housing.

  8. Verto says:

    Are they mining of some “precious” minerals ? ? ?they are not “forced” labor .they enjoy their work. R I P all of miners ! ! ! ! !

  9. Roy says:

    Is there small scale coal mining still going on there? Elsewhere in the area?

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