36 The City Where One Can Get an Apartment For Free

The City Where One Can Get an Apartment For Free

Posted on January 7, 2013 by team

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

via pauluskp.com


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36 responses to “The City Where One Can Get an Apartment For Free”

  1. critter says:

    What a miserable existence.

  2. moo says:

    Man I always thought Russia looked gloomy but Ukraine brings a whole new level of doom and gloom.

  3. Anton says:

    Wow…i am still in awe at how ignorant people are, especially the two comments above me.

    Buddy i’m not sure if you are aware or have traveled around U.S even where rednecks live in trailer park homes and could barely put together a sentence. These type of cities exist in all countries believe me, i’ve traveled quite a bit more in my life i assure you of this.

    • TrulyRestlessSoul says:

      Well said.

    • OLUT says:

      Detroit, Cleveland, small towns in the American south. There was a story in British website Daily Mail about a couple who bought a house in Detroit for 500 USD. When they came to move in, it had been accidentally demolished… the city tears down abandoned neighborhoods to prevent crime.

      • John Arley Burns says:

        Parts of America are poor but did you notice in those trailer parks people have trucks, satellite tv, running water, toilets, kitches, refrigerators, and go to the Super Wal-Mart and McDonalds? Poverty in America isn’t really in the same league as in Eastern Europe.

    • kim says:

      Yeah. Like my friends in the Rio de Janeiro Favelas.

  4. OD1N says:

    Somebody figured Ukraine is one of European Countries

  5. Tiger says:

    And by coincidence that place is called “Ukrainsk”…there you have it…

  6. John Arley Burns says:

    This is white people minus the profits from slavery and colonialism. This is what we used to be like, all of us, until we sailed the seas and struck out for riches and adventure.

    • Tiger says:

      No, this is white people who have been enslaved by commies, Poles and no by “ukrainian” nationalists. There you independent Ukraine, sorry to say that.

  7. Anton says:

    Sad to say that mainly the only people well of in Ukraine are people living in capital which is Kiev. All other cities are quite small and wages are as low as 50-100 USD a month.

    I’ve lived in the U.S for 12 years and currently living in Kiev 7 years already and quite frankly, LOVE IT!. I have had over 10 friends come visit me in Kiev and none of them want to leave. Ukraine is trully a free country with a lot of opportunities if you have a good head on your shoulders.

  8. Osip says:

    It appears that one gets what one makes payment for here.

  9. Gustav says:

    I just have sen an tvprogram named,, the poor america.Peaple live under Las vegas casino in an watercanal,above them folks spend 16 million us dollar evry day. no job thei have nothing,have also seeen abannded citys.all this in the riches land in the world. so help me good.

  10. ino.- says:

    horrible city horrible country so what?

  11. andy says:

    Mines and other extractive industries (forestry, fishing) come, exploit, then go. Then the town that prospered around the one industry goes too. All over the USA and probably ex-USSR too.
    At least this town had a central heating system, as do many in Russia. Not so in USA. You are on your own for basic utilities. No pay, you freeze. It IS good to consolidate populations into bigger cities with extant infrastructure and multiple employers.

  12. timoulete says:

    Detroit look better, “desolation” title of the movie shoot in this city maybe one day. Good luck people

  13. Chico says:

    The Lenin statue.. with the small head 🙂 LOL

  14. tobblach says:

    Ale za to mają piękne i drogie stadiony po Euro 2012!

  15. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Because of the greed and corruption of a “few” the world is going through what has been called an “economic correction”…

  16. frank says:

    what a sad place… but somehow I think it has some dark beauty.

  17. YJ says:

    That place should have turned into Chernobyl.

  18. Anton says:

    Not very sad for those people trust me.

    They are not sad because they have nothing to compare to. If they would have travelled to a different country for example Australia, U.K and came back thats when reality would hit them.

    People get used to where they live and make do as they are, same as people in jail, after one month you feel right at home.

    None the less i have nothing to say about any country as we as people are in it together and the whole world is going to shit, i cant even imgaine what life will be like in 20, 30, 50 years from now.

  19. javox says:

    oh miss india u still alive? thought u had some health issue few years ago if i remember well…im glad i heard u again =) nice place, so bad it ended this way

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