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.
Coal sheds often stand near houses.
One cannot survive here without a stove. Old people have no hope for better days.
This four-storey house was abandoned and plundered.
In fact it’s dangerous to come inside.
Just imagine you live opposite this house and see it every day.
However it will ruin soon.
This house is fully abandoned too.
This water tower became the tower of mobile communication.
This boiler house has been dismantled for bricks.
The city still has a “better” part which is gasified.
It’s the stadium “Ukraine”.
It still could be used but it looks miserable anyway.
It reads: “Mine “Ukraine”.
This mine still feeds what has remained from the city.
The monument is on the main square of the city. Did you notice that something is wrong with Lenin’s head? His head was destroyed but communists found some bust of the leader and used it to repair the monument.
It’s the building of the town council.
The previous mayor of the city did his best to revive the city – it was his idea to give out flats for free. Now he works at the mine…
It’s a bus station.
Despite the fact one can occupy any abandoned flat, some people still prefer to make their flats bigger this way.
“Do not drive along the alley”.
It could be a nice city if not the ruins reigning in the city.
Location: Ukrainsk, Ukraine