Hromadske traveled to occupied Donetsk in December 2014 and visited the Trudovsky Mines. People there were living in the company's bomb shelters. And back then — three years ago — they had already stopped extracting coal and only
pumped water. But the miners weren't receiving their salaries. The Trudovsky Mines are state property and they belong to Ukraine. Our report in English can be found here
In 1979, during Soviet times, scientists conducted nuclear experiments at the Yunkom Mine, located near the town of Yenakiyeve, not far from the currently separatist-held
Donetsk. The tests were meant to mix up the ground layers. A glass capsule containing radiation compounds was hidden 900 meters unground. It is still there.
Yunkom closed in the early 2000s and, since then, they
have pumped water from the mine. The leaders of the self-proclaimed separatist republics in the area claim that everything is under control. The Ukrainian government is also aware of this dangerous site.
years after the nuclear experiment, water and air tests showed that there is no danger. But the main task is to ensure that water does not reach the capsule.