Coal Miners of Donbas

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As winter approaches, Ukraine finds itself facing a coal shortage, as about 55 percent of the Ukrainian coal mines are located in the south-eastern regions of the country controlled by forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankAs winter approaches, Ukraine finds itself facing a coal shortage, as about 55 percent of the Ukrainian coal mines are located in the south-eastern regions of the country controlled by forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

Above: Miners sharing a joke in the Glubokaya mine

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As winter approaches, Ukraine finds itself facing a coal shortage, as about 55 percent of the Ukrainian coal mines are located in the south-eastern regions of the country controlled by forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

Above: Miners sharing a joke in the Glubokaya mine

© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankBecause of the financial difficulties that the current Ukrainian government is facing, coal has become a very important source of energy that fuels the Ukrainian economy, according to the Associated Press.

Above: Navigating a pitch black tunnel in the Glubokaya mine, Shakhtyorsk

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Because of the financial difficulties that the current Ukrainian government is facing, coal has become a very important source of energy that fuels the Ukrainian economy, according to the Associated Press.

Above: Navigating a pitch black tunnel in the Glubokaya mine, Shakhtyorsk

© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankCurrently, Ukraine is forced to import the coal needed to fuel the country's power plants.

Above: Loading coal at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk
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Currently, Ukraine is forced to import the coal needed to fuel the country's power plants.

Above: Loading coal at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankAccording to Associated Press, many miners have joined the ranks of the self-proclaimed republics' militias.

Above: At the coal face of the Glubokaya mine in Shakhtyorsk
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According to Associated Press, many miners have joined the ranks of the self-proclaimed republics' militias.

Above: At the coal face of the Glubokaya mine in Shakhtyorsk
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankThe mines of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR)currently produce 16.5 thousand tons of coal per day, according to the DPR Coal Industry Department.

Above: Miners exit their cage inside the Glubokaya mine, Shakhtyorsk
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The mines of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR)currently produce 16.5 thousand tons of coal per day, according to the DPR Coal Industry Department.

Above: Miners exit their cage inside the Glubokaya mine, Shakhtyorsk
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankDPR authorities are refusing to export coal until the ongoing hostilities have ended, pointedly ignoring offers from Ukrainian companies.

Above: Miners inside the Glubokaya mine
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DPR authorities are refusing to export coal until the ongoing hostilities have ended, pointedly ignoring offers from Ukrainian companies.

Above: Miners inside the Glubokaya mine
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankThe coal mined in DPR is used either being used as fuel by local power plants and private households or is stockpiled at the mining facilities.

Above: Preparing to take the coal up to the surface at the Glubokaya mine in Shakhtyorsk
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The coal mined in DPR is used either being used as fuel by local power plants and private households or is stockpiled at the mining facilities.

Above: Preparing to take the coal up to the surface at the Glubokaya mine in Shakhtyorsk
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankKiev authorities have blocked the accounts of the Ukrainian state-owned mines located in DPR-controlled territory and stopped paying miners their salaries from July.

Above: A long underground shift has ended at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk
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Kiev authorities have blocked the accounts of the Ukrainian state-owned mines located in DPR-controlled territory and stopped paying miners their salaries from July.

Above: A long underground shift has ended at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankOf the 65 thousand miners that used to work in the Donetsk region, only 56.5 thousand remain there now.

Above: Miners leaving the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk
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Of the 65 thousand miners that used to work in the Donetsk region, only 56.5 thousand remain there now.

Above: Miners leaving the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankAbout 10 thousand miners from Donetsk have either relocated to other regions of Ukraine or moved to Russia.

Above: The next group of men begin their shift down the Glubokaya mine
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About 10 thousand miners from Donetsk have either relocated to other regions of Ukraine or moved to Russia.

Above: The next group of men begin their shift down the Glubokaya mine
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