Ukrainian miners offended by Putin’s comments


The head of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, Mykhaylo Volynets, called the pronouncements of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, regarding Ukrainian miners cynical, reports

On April 17, during his “Direct Line” telecast to Russians and the residents of Crimea, Putin declared that the sea around the peninsula is very polluted because “drunken miners swim there.”

“This is the cynical attitude of an insolent man who thinks he can do anything,” Volynets said. “Miners are noble people, and they simply scorn these kinds of people,” he told

According to Volynets, miners around the world work hard and rarely see the sun and sky. This is why they appreciate the opportunities for rest. And their traditional ways of resting have already been established.


“For example, (miners) come up to the surface in order to grab a smoke or take a drink if there is some event with the crew. This is their way of communicating. They do not earn much money to go to restaurants. They’ll grab a picnic in the woods or fields. You can’t say miners are drunkards. That’s very offensive,” he said.

Volynets added that recuperation for miners and their families will now take place abroad, as the union is currently exploring options in Bulgaria and Turkey. Due to the volatile situation in Crimea, the miners probably will no longer vacation there, he concluded.


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