The town park is called after Yuri Ussachov, a famous Russian cosmonaut.
Yuri Ussachov was born in Donetsk on October 9, 1957 into the family of a coalmining electrician.
On the whole he spent a year and a half in space.
He kept a diary during all his flights and then published a book “Three Lives in Space”.
He made four space flights:1 – from January 8 till July 9, 1994 in “Soyuz-TM-18”
He became the Hero of the Russian Federation for this feat;2 – from February 21 till September 2, 1996 in “Soyuz-TM-23”
where he made six space walks lasting 30 hours 30 minutes as a total;3 – from May 19 till May 29, 2000 as a flight specialist on board Atlantis space shuttle in Mission STS-101
The crew consisted of seven members:
Commander: James Halsell,
navigator: Scott Horowitz
and specialists: Mary Ellen Weber, Jeffrey Williams, Susan
Helms, James Voss and the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ussachov. 4 – in March 2001 on board Columbia space shuttle as the commander of the second International space station.Ussachov’s awards:
Hero of the Russian Federation (1994);
Chevalier of the Order of the Honorary Legion (France);
NASA medal “For Space Flight” (2000)
Coalminer’s Day and Town Day coincide in this town.
They are celebrated on the last Sunday in August in the town park.
The holiday program includes a lot of competitions and shows.
This is when you can see hundreds of people in the streets.
Although all the coalmines are closed now, they operated at their full capacity for decades.
A lot of things are connected with coalminers' labor in the city.
Like in many other coalminers' towns, there are monuments to coalminers.
The town leisure center is called Shakhtior ("Coalminer").
There is Coalminers' Memorial in Lenin Street nar the leisure center.
It represents a huge wall with plaques where you can read the names of the coalminers who died during their work at different coalmines of the area. There are names and dates of life of those men. It was so sad to read their names and to realize how young most of them were when they perished in their coalmines.
You can see a black figure of a young sitting coalminer who is mourning his perished co-workers.