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.

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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.


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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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