Frightening Donbass

Frightening Donbass

A curious series of photographs from Donbass. Let’s see what really happened to one of the most prosperous industrial regions of Ukraine.

Frightening Donbass

These are a few pictures from Shakhtersk – a typical town of this region. Before 1953 Shakhtersk used to be called Katyk. They say, it literally means ‘dirt’ in the Tatar language. But some assert that it was named after the person who founded it. Well, one doesn’t exclude the other.

This used to be the local brewery. As it happens, beer produced there was really nice.

Frightening Donbass

Frightening Donbass

Unfortunately, now it’s the territory of a building materials market…

Frightening Donbass

Frightening Donbass

This one is a grotesque picture: under the proletarian kind of writing saying “Miner” one can see a local casino. Now this building constructed in Stalin times accommodates an amusement arcade, do you think he would appreciate it?

Frightening Donbass

This one looks awfully optimistic – “RUSSIA”. The only thing it lacks is a black frame and some political statement.

Frightening Donbass

A typical monument of a miner in a town the name of which has the root ‘miner’ in it.

Frightening Donbass

This is Artyomovo which is in fact a part of the town called Dzerzhinsk. This place looks a bit gloomy: there are lots of coal mines here, some of them have been closed down a long time ago. Frankly speaking, such mine locations are the most undesirable to live in, naturally after the Chernobyl zone. Here people have a special, tough kind of character due to their occupation; besides there is lots of dirt and ruins. Though, pictures demonstrate everything too well.

As for Dzerzhinsk, it is a tiny town, yet a lively one. The local mine is still working. Obviously, there is no proper transport here, neither any regular water supply. But people do live here anyway.

22 thoughts on “Frightening Donbass”

  1. I like that miner sculpture; it’s an inspirational style of art. Too bad I could never afford to transport it here; I would put it on display somewhere that it would be seen!

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    • Poland prosperous??

      Poland is the closest to third world in Europe after Albania, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria!!!

      Poland is a poor country that exports ogorki and vodka!

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  2. I think this is one of the big differences between America and the old USSR. In America, a city or town would pop up if there were resources there, like a river crossing, or people mining, a big cross roads where you could sell something.

    They had this in Russia also, but they also had government tell people, “Put a town here,” or “Mine this for us.”

    Then, when government changes, or changes it’s mind, or fails… the town dies. People suffer because their town isn’t supported any more by outside resources.

    (and this is a good reason why government needs to stay out of such things)

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  3. I can’t see the point in posting such off-putting images which won’t add to inspiration, which is the main purpose of photography art.
    Such shots can’t be thought-provoking either as don’t reflect the real picture of radical positive changes and overall tendency for renovation in Donbas! Welcome here in search of true striking and more typical images which contribute to success & popularity of your website!

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    • Not necessarily centuries old. Where I live, the hand-cut stone was definitely phased out in the countryside by bricks during 20s, when it became too expensive – because of the labor involved.

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  4. Dear Miss Poland, you should know that 1) THESE are the pictures of UKRAINE and NOT Russia (I wish, you ‘westerners’ stopped thinking those were the same thing) and 2) Poland? Prosperous West? Oh come on, you must have mistaken it with Britain or something, Poland, ahahahah 🙂

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