Budryk Coal Mine


The construction of the youngest Polish mines began in 1979, but it did not obtain a ministerial mining concession until 1994. In 2007, it became the arena of workers' strikes announced after the news of plans to incorporate Budryk Coal Mine into Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa. Job concerns and wage demands resulted in a 46-day strike. Thirty miners, out of 130 protesters, went on hunger strike, staying underground. The strike ended in January 2008 with an agreement with the management board of JSW. Shaft VI, called Chudów, is Poland's deepest coal mining level; after deepening it in 2015, a level of 1290 m was reached.

29.37 kilometers – at the time of writing this report, separating Kramatorsk, the temporary capital of the Donetsk Oblast, from the front line. One third of the 220,000 inhabitants remained. In the deserted city you can see mostly soldiers. They head to the front or return from it to rest for a while. The fate of Kramatorsk and eastern Ukraine depends on the outcome of fierce fighting. Military trucks and heavy equipment rush to nearby Bakhmut every day.