Ukrainsk, the city of Ukraine, was once popular for giving out abandoned apartments for free. After the serious accident the mine “Ukraine” failed to fully restore. People left and abandoned their apartments. Those who stayed live on a pension, some search for a job in Donetsk which is 40 kilometres away from Ukrainsk.
Yes, some people came and got flats for free, but there are no many of them. Only some part of the city has gas and central heating, coal stoves are used in the flats.
Ukrainsk shares its destiny with dozens of cities and hundreds of villages of Donbass. Production powers are killed or concentrate in larger cities to save on electricity, health care, education, transportation etc. It’s much cheaper to accumulate people at one place and turn the abandoned territory into the uninhabitable zone. The further destiny of Ukrainsk is unknown.
Not much has changed for the better in the city for the last twenty years.
Some houses are fully abandoned.
Many windows are brick-encased.
Or they can look like this.
They use coal to warm up.
People have to carry heavy pails.