Wieczorek Coal Mine


The mine is accompanied by the Nikiszowiec housing estates, built for the miners employed in the mine, and Giszowiec, which has become home to the higher-supervision miners. The coal mine was established in 1883 on the previously existing Morgenroth field. Until 1945, it was part of the Giesche company, and the narrow-gauge railway called Balkan connecting the company's assets ran until 1977. The mine was closed in March 2018.

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.