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5 Donetsk, Ukraine 1962

Donetsk, Ukraine 1962

Posted on May 19, 2014 by tim


If you have watched the news lately and had seen some coverage of Ukraine, you probably have seen some armed men. Most of those, I think, come from the Donetsk region. The “capital” of this area is the city of Donetsk – a city of almost one million people. The main theme of the region might be called coal mining – Donetsk itself hosts the main offices and the coal mines of the region give work to thousands of people involved in this business. They have an official symbol for Donetsk – the figure of a coal miner, and the local football club was called “Coal-miner”.

And now, a set of pictures from Donetsk taken in 1962. A totally different time, Donetsk is already a center for coal mining in Ukraine and an important supplier of coal for the whole of the Soviet Union.

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5 Responses to “Donetsk, Ukraine 1962”

  1. Dan says:

    It was certainly the best looking coal mining/steel making town I’ve seen. The slag heaps, blast furnaces and winding towers somewhat spoil the view and I’ll best that the air quality was terrible, but everybody had a job and recreation.

  2. Vohap says:

    Really! Friend!!!!
    I`m live in this Great Town from 1971
    him best!
    sorry for my English :)

  3. Evandro Ribeiro says:

    I will be wrong but, the girl with flags in traffic control is in Berlin, at end of war, not in Donetsk. I’m correct?

  4. Apostolos says:

    This looks like the most clean streets i have ever saw in a city.
    Everything looks in order.

  5. Leslie says:

    I was growing up in the 0-s there. Not sure if this was done every day, but very often I saw huge street cleaning trucks with water tanks wash the streets clean.
    They literally sprayed the driving part and flower gardens along the streets. This was an amazing part of my childhood: spray trucks in warm season, snow clearing equipment in the winter. Could watch them for hours at a time.

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