Bazhanova coal mine

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Bazhanov coal mine (Шахта імені В. М. Бажанова) is an underground operation located in Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.

According to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, most Donbas region mines were seized by Russians and pro-Russian rebels in late 2014 and many have endured electricity shortages and flooding ever since. The current output of the Donbas mines, including this one, is no longer transparent, and many are likely non-operational and on hiatus.[1]


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The Bazhanov mine holds one of the largest coal reserve in Ukraine with estimated reserves of 58.7 million tonnes of coal.[2] The annual coal production is around 1.02 million tonnes.

July 2011 mining accident

On 29 July 2011, an elevator collapse killed 11 miners and seriously injured four others.[3][4][5] Hundreds of workers were evacuated from other areas of the mine.[6] The president of Ukraine ordered a government investigation.[7] Ukraine's prime minister attributed the accident to "negligence" and estimated that it would take 16 months to repair damage to the mine.[5] Earlier that same day, Ukraine had experienced another fatal coal-mining accident due to an explosion in the Suhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coal mine.[6][8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:Makiivvuhillya
  • Parent Company: State-Owned
  • Location: Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
  • GPS Coordinates: 48.344165, 39.658057
  • Status: Operating (Presumed on hiatus 2021)
  • Production Capacity: 1.02 mtpa
  • Workforce Size:
  • Mineable Reserves: 58.7 million tonnes
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Underground[9]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:


  1. Yulia Abibok, Ukraine’s Coal Industry in Crisis, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, January 22, 2021
  2. "Coal mine methane in Ukraine" (PDF). January 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  3. "TWO MINING TRAGEDIES IN UKRAINE LEAVE 18 DEAD & 20 MISSING". AGI News. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  4. "Elevator collapse kills one, injuries 8 in east Ukrainian mine". Xinhua. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 34 killed, 6 injured in mining accidents, Ukrainian Journal, 31 July 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Maria Danilova (27 July 2011). "18 killed in 2 mine accidents in Ukraine". Google News. Associated Press. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  7. President instructs investigation of Bazhanova coal mine accident Template:Webarchive, Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych, 30 July 2011
  8. New Ukraine coal mine explosion as safety review launched,, August 4, 2011
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