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Donets'k (Донецьк)
Donetsk (Доне́цк)

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Coordinates: 48°00′10″N 37°48′19″E / 48.00278°N 37.80528°E / 48.00278; 37.80528Coordinates: 48°00′10″N 37°48′19″E / 48.00278°N 37.80528°E / 48.00278; 37.80528
Country Ukraine
Oblast Donetsk Oblast
RaionFlag of Donetsk.svg Donetsk Municipality
Founded1869[1]
City rights1917
Raions
Government
 • MayorOleksandr Lukianchenko
Area
 • City358 km2 (138 sq mi)
Elevation169 m (554 ft)
Population (1 July 2011)
 • City975,959
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
 • Metro2,009,700[2]
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code83000 — 83497
Area code(s)+380 622, 623
Licence plateАН
Sister citiesBochum, Charleroi, Kutaisi, Pittsburgh, Sheffield, Taranto, Moscow, Vilnius
^ Donetsk was founded in 1869 as Yuzovka.
^ The population of the metropolitan area is as of 2004.
 
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Donets'k (Донецьк)
Donetsk (Доне́цк)

Flag

Coat of arms
Map of Ukraine with Donetsk highlighted.
Map of Donetsk's city center
Coordinates: 48°00′10″N 37°48′19″E / 48.00278°N 37.80528°E / 48.00278; 37.80528Coordinates: 48°00′10″N 37°48′19″E / 48.00278°N 37.80528°E / 48.00278; 37.80528
Country Ukraine
Oblast Donetsk Oblast
RaionFlag of Donetsk.svg Donetsk Municipality
Founded1869[1]
City rights1917
Raions
Government
 • MayorOleksandr Lukianchenko
Area
 • City358 km2 (138 sq mi)
Elevation169 m (554 ft)
Population (1 July 2011)
 • City975,959
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
 • Metro2,009,700[2]
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code83000 — 83497
Area code(s)+380 622, 623
Licence plateАН
Sister citiesBochum, Charleroi, Kutaisi, Pittsburgh, Sheffield, Taranto, Moscow, Vilnius
^ Donetsk was founded in 1869 as Yuzovka.
^ The population of the metropolitan area is as of 2004.

Donetsk (Ukrainian: Донецьк Ukrainian pronunciation: [doˈnɛt͡sʲk], translit. Donets’k; Russian: Доне́цк, tr. Donetsk, IPA: [dɐˈnʲet͡sk]; former names: Yuzovka, Stalino, see also: cities' alternative names), is an industrial city in eastern Ukraine on the Kalmius River. Administratively, it is a centre of Donetsk Oblast, while historically, it is the unofficial capital and largest city of the larger economic and cultural Donets Basin (Donbas) region. The city of Donetsk is adjacent to another major city of Makiivka and along with other surrounding cities forms a major urban sprawl and conurbation in the region. Donetsk is a major economic, industrial and scientific centre of Ukraine with a high concentration of companies and a skilled workforce.

The city was founded in 1869 by a Welsh businessman, John Hughes, who constructed a steel plant and several coal mines in the region; the town was thus named Yuzovka (Юзовка) in recognition of his role in its founding ("Yuz" being a Russian or Ukrainian approximation of Hughes). During Soviet times, the city's steel industry was expanded. In 1924 it was renamed Stalino (Сталино), and in 1932 the city became the centre of the Donetsk region. Renamed Donetsk in 1961, the city today remains the centre for Ukraine's coal mining and notable steel industry centre.

Donetsk currently has a population of over 982,000 inhabitants (2010)[1] and has a metropolitan area of over 2,000,000 inhabitants (2011). According to the 2001 Ukrainian Census, Donetsk is the fifth-largest city in Ukraine.[2] Donetsk is nicknamed "The City of a Million Roses".[3]

History[edit]

Donetsk was founded in 1869 when the Welsh businessman John Hughes built a steel plant and several coal mines in the southern part of the Russian Empire at Aleksandrovka (Ukrainian: Олександрівка). The town initially was given the name Hughesovka (Yuzovka; Russian: Юзовка; Ukrainian: Юзівка).[4] By the beginning of the 20th century, Yuzovka had approximately 50,000 inhabitants,[5] and had attained the status of a city in 1917.[6] The main district of "Hughezovka" is named English Colony, and the British origin of the city is reflected in its layout and architecture.

In 1924, under the Soviet rule, the city's name was changed to Stalin. In that year, the city's population totaled 63,708, and in the next year, 80,085. In 1929-31 the city's name was changed to Stalino.[7] The city did not have a drinking water system until 1931, when a 55.3 km (34.4 mi) system was laid underground. In July 1933, the city became the administrative center of the Donetsk Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR.[6] In 1933, the first 12 km (7 mi) sewer system was installed, and next year the first exploitation of gas was conducted within the city. In addition, some sources[which?] state that the city was briefly called Trotsk—after Leon Trotsky—for a few months in 1923.

In the beginning of World War II, the population of Stalino consisted of 507,000, and after the war, only 175,000. The Nazi invasion during World War II almost completely destroyed the city, which was mostly rebuilt on a large scale at the war's end. It was occupied by Nazi Germany between 16 October 1941 and 5 September 1943.

A market on the main street of Novyi Svet section of Yuzovka. (1887)

The territory of Donetsk at the time of the Nazi German occupation consisted mainly of a Jewish ghetto, in which 3,000 Jews died, and a concentration camp in which 92,000 people were killed.[8] During the war, a collective responsibility system was enforced. For every killed German soldier, 100 inhabitants were killed, and one for every killed policeman.[citation needed]

In 1945 many forced labourers, young men and women aged 17 to 35, were interned into reparation servitude from the Danube Swabian communities Schwowe of Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (the Batschka and Banat) and worked under extreme hardship to rebuild Stalino and to labour in its mines. Many died from disease and malnutrition.[9]

During Nikita Khrushchev's second wave of destalinization in November 1961 the city was renamed Donetsk, after the Seversky Donets River, a tributary of the Don[6] in order to distance it from the former leader Joseph Stalin.

In 1965, the Donetsk Academy of Sciences was established as part of the Academy of Science of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1970, Donetsk was recognised by UNESCO as the cleanest industrial town of the world. Donesk was granted the Order of Lenin in 1979.

After experiencing a tough time in the 1990s, when it was the centre of gang wars for control over industrial enterprises, Donetsk has modernised quickly in recent years, largely under the influence of big companies.

Local graffiti saying: "Donbas is us" (Ukrainian).

Residents of the city tend to be conservative in their political beliefs. This came out during the 2004 presidential election, in which the city mostly voted for candidate Viktor Yanukovych, which had been announced as the winner of the election by the Central Election Commission. The vote was later revoked by the court. This led to an election re-run, thus making Yanukovych lose the election. During the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary elections, the Yanukovych-led Party of Regions also won most of the votes from the region.

Geography and climate[edit]

The spoil tips near the Kalmius. On a background - Chervonohvardiyskyi raion of Makiivka

Donetsk lies in the steppe landscape of Ukraine, surrounded by scattered woodland, hills (spoil tips), rivers and lakes. The northern outskirts of the city are mainly used for agriculture. The Sea of Azov, 95 km (59 mi) south of Donetsk, is a popular recreational area for those living in Donetsk. A wide belt of farmlands surrounds the city.

The city stretches 28 km (17 mi) from north to south and 55 km (34 mi) from east to west. There are 2 nearby reservoirs: Nyzhnekalmius (60 ha), and the "Donetsk Sea" (206 ha). 5 rivers flow through the city, including the Kalmius, Asmolivka (13 km), Cherepashkyna (23 km), Skomoroshka and Bakhmutka. The city also contains a total of 125 spoil tips.[8]

Donetsk's climate is moderate continental[10] (Köppen: Dfb). The average temperatures are−5 °C (23 °F) in January and 18 °C (64 °F) in June. The average number of rainfall per year totals 162 days and up to 556 millimetres per year.[10]

Climate data for Donetsk 1981–2010
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)12.2
(54)
16.0
(60.8)
21.3
(70.3)
31.0
(87.8)
34.6
(94.3)
38.0
(100.4)
37.8
(100)
39.1
(102.4)
33.9
(93)
32.7
(90.9)
20.5
(68.9)
15.0
(59)
39.1
(102.4)
Average high °C (°F)−1.3
(29.7)
−0.9
(30.4)
5.3
(41.5)
14.5
(58.1)
20.9
(69.6)
24.8
(76.6)
27.3
(81.1)
26.8
(80.2)
20.7
(69.3)
13.1
(55.6)
4.7
(40.5)
−0.3
(31.5)
13.0
(55.4)
Daily mean °C (°F)−4.1
(24.6)
−4.1
(24.6)
1.3
(34.3)
9.4
(48.9)
15.4
(59.7)
19.3
(66.7)
21.6
(70.9)
20.8
(69.4)
15.1
(59.2)
8.5
(47.3)
1.6
(34.9)
−2.9
(26.8)
8.5
(47.3)
Average low °C (°F)−6.7
(19.9)
−7.0
(19.4)
−2.1
(28.2)
4.6
(40.3)
10.0
(50)
13.8
(56.8)
15.9
(60.6)
15.0
(59)
10.0
(50)
4.5
(40.1)
−1.1
(30)
−5.4
(22.3)
4.3
(39.7)
Record low °C (°F)−32.2
(−26)
−31.1
(−24)
−21.0
(−5.8)
−10.6
(12.9)
−2.4
(27.7)
2.1
(35.8)
6.0
(42.8)
2.2
(36)
−6.0
(21.2)
−10.0
(14)
−22.2
(−8)
−28.5
(−19.3)
−32.2
(−26)
Precipitation mm (inches)37
(1.46)
32
(1.26)
34
(1.34)
38
(1.5)
46
(1.81)
65
(2.56)
51
(2.01)
37
(1.46)
36
(1.42)
37
(1.46)
38
(1.5)
41
(1.61)
492
(19.37)
Avg. rainy days1181013131411811111311134
Avg. snowy days171710200000281672
 % humidity87847766626664606776868873
Source: Pogoda.ru.net[11]

Government and administrative divisions[edit]

Raions of Donetsk on the territory of the Donetsk City Municipality:
  Bydionivskyi Raion
  Voroshylovskyi Raion
  Kalininskyi Raion
  Kyivskyi Raion
  Kirovskyi Raion
  Kuibyshevskyi Raion
  Leninskyi Raion
  Petrovskyi Raion
  Proletarskyi Raion

While Donetsk is the administrative centre of the Donetsk Oblast (province), the city is the capital of the Donetsk City Municipality. However, Donetsk is a city of oblast subordinance, thus being subject directly to the oblast authorities rather to the Donetsk City Municipality housed in the city itself.

The territory of Donetsk is divided into 9 administrative raions (districts). In addition, every raion consists of raion councils, which are subordinate to the Donetsk City Council.

#RaionsUkrainianAreaPopulation
1Budionivskyi RaionБудьонівський район25 km²100,300
2Voroshylovskyi RaionВорошилівський район10 km²97,300
3Kalininskyi RaionКалінінський район19 km²109,700
4Kyivskyi RaionКиївський район33 km²143,700
5Kirovskyi RaionКіровський район68 km²171,700
6Kuibyshevskyi RaionКуйбишевський район51 km²120,800
7Leninskyi RaionЛенінський район37 km²107,800
8Petrovskyi RaionПетровський район57 km²88,600
9Proletarskyi RaionПролетарський район58 km²102,800

Demographics[edit]

See article: Russians in Ukraine

Historical population
YearPop.  ±%  
1897[12]28,100—    
1926[13]106,000+277.2%
1939[14]466,300+339.9%
1959[15]699,200+49.9%
1970[16]879,000+25.7%
1979[17]1,020,800+16.1%
1989[18]1,109,100+8.7%
1998[19]1,065,400−3.9%
2006[20]993,500−6.7%

Donetsk currently has a population of over 982,000 inhabitants (2010)[1] and has a metropolitan area of over 1,566,000 inhabitants (2004). It is the fifth-largest city in Ukraine.[2]

While the majority of people in central and western Ukraine speak Ukrainian, the completer majority of the residents of Donetsk are Russian-speaking Ukrainians and ethnic Russians. According to 2001 population census,[21] Ukrainians are 56,9% of Donetsk oblast and Russians are 38,2%. The Russian language is dominant in Donbas: even the ethnic Ukrainians consider Russian as their first language.

In 1989 there were no Ukrainian language schools in Donetsk.[22][dubious ]

The actual nationality structure of the Donetsk City Municipality is as follows:[23]

  1. Russians: 493,392 people, 48.15%
  2. Ukrainians: 478,041 people, 46.65%
  3. Belarusians: 11,769 people, 1.15%
  4. Greeks: 10,180 people, 0.99%
  5. Jews: 5,087 people, 0.50%
  6. Tatars: 4,987 people, 0.49%
  7. Armenians: 4,050 people, 0.40%
  8. Azerbaijanis: 2,098 people, 0.20%
  9. Georgians: 2,073 people, 0.20%
  10. Other: 13,001 people, 1.27%
Total: 1,024,678 people, 100.00%

In 1991 one-third of the population described themselves as Russian, one-third as Ukrainian while the majority of the rest described themselves as Slav.[22]

Economy[edit]

Congress Hall.

Donetsk and the surrounding territories are heavily urbanised and agglomerated into conurbation. The workforce is heavily involved with heavy industry, especially coal mining. The city is an important center of heavy industry and coal mines in the Donets Basin (Donbass) and Ukraine. Directly under the city lie coal mines, which have recently seen an increase in mining accidents, the most recent accident being at the Zasyadko mine, which killed over 100 workers.[24]

Donetsk's economy consists of about 200 industrial organizations that have a total production output of more than 50 billion hryvnias per year and more than 20,000 medium-small sized organizations.[25] The city's coal mining industry comprises 17 coal mines and two concentrating mills; the metallurgy industry comprises 5 large metallurgical plants located throughout the city; the engineering market comprises 67 organizations, and the food industry — 32 organizations.[25]

Donetsk Zasyadko coal mine, infamous for its mining accidents.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Donetsk and other neighboring cities of the Donbass suffered heavily, as many factories were closed down and many inhabitants lost their jobs.[26] However, in spite of the difficult economic situation in Ukraine, Donetsk is a developing city.[25] About 412,000 square metres (4,434,731 sq ft) of living space, 7.9 km (4.9 mi) of gas networks, and 15.1 km (9.4 mi) of water supply networks were constructed in the city during 1998–2001.[25]

The city also houses the "Donetsk" special economic zone.[25][27] Donetsk currently has nine sister cities.[28] The German city of Magdeburg had economic partnerships with Donetsk during 1962–1996.[clarification needed]

The airline Donbassaero has its head office on the property of Donetsk International Airport.[29]

In 2012, Donetsk was admitted as the best city for business in Ukraine by Forbes. Donetsk topped the rating in five indicators: human capital, the purchasing power of citizens, investment climate, economic stability, as well as infrastructure and comfort.[30]

Sports[edit]

Donetsk is a large sports center, has a developed infrastructure. Donetsk has repeatedly held international competitions - Davis Cup, UEFA Champions League. Representatives of the city are the leaders in Ukraine in sports such as football, hockey, boxing, tennis, athletics and others.

But the most popular in Donetsk is football. Donbass Arena was opened on 29 August 2009 and became the first stadium in Eastern Europe designed and constructed according to UEFA standards for stadiums of "Elite" category. Three major professional football clubs play in the city, which include two clubs in the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar Donetsk, which plays at the Donbass Arena, and Metalurh Donetsk, which plays at the Metalurh Stadium, and one in the Ukrainian First League, FC Olimpik Donetsk. Shakhtar Donetsk won the Ukrainian Championship and Ukrainian Cup multiple times. In 2009, they became the second team from Ukraine (after FC Dynamo Kyiv) to win a European competition, the UEFA Cup (this also made them the last UEFA Cup winners before the tournament was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League). Donetsk is also home to the women's football WFC Donchanka, one of the most titles clubs in the Ukrainian Women's League.

When the joint bid for the UEFA Euro 2012 was won by Poland and Ukraine, Donetsk's Donbass Arena was chosen as the location for three Group D matches, one quarter-final match, and one semi-final match.[31] The RSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium was chosen as a reserve stadium.[32]

Donetsk, together with the nearby Mariupol, were the host towns of the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. The stadiums hosting the event on behalf of Donetsk were RSC Olimpiyskiy (which hosted the final) and the Metalurh Stadium.

Donetsk is home to HC Donbass, playing at the Druzhba Arena since 2011, which won the 2011 Ukrainian national champion, and which is the only elite level team in the country. After playing a single season in the Russian Major League, the club upgraded its arena to Kontinental Hockey League regulations, and joined the league in 2012. When moving to the KHL, the club created a local farm club to play in the Ukrainian Championship under the name HC Donbass-2, which won the 2012 and 2013 national titles. In 2013 Donetsk was hosting the IIHF Continental Cup 2013 ice hockey Super Final, which HC Donbass won, and the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division I - Group B, where Ukraine finished 1st and earned promotion to Group A (both were hosted at the Druzhba Arena).

Donetsk also hosts BC Donetsk, which plays in the Ukrainian Basketball Super League and won it in 2012. The club is playing at the Druzhba Arena.

The city used to be the home of few notable at the time yet now defunct clubs. The MFC Shakhtar Donetsk club won the Ukrainian futsal championship five times, but was dissolved in January 2011 mid-way through the season due to financial problems (at the time - the most titled club in Ukraine). One of the top Soviet volleyball teams at the time, VC Shakhtar Donetsk, who were the last team to win the Soviet Volleyball Championship, in 1992. The team also won the first two championships in the independent Ukraine league, in 1992 and 1993 (the 1992 Ukraine championship was held in Donetsk), and won the Ukraine Cup in 1993, but after having financial issues, the club was relegated in 1997, and after one season in the second tear it was shut down.

The statue of pole vault legend Sergey Bubka which stands in Donetsk near the RSC Olimpiyskiy.

Donetsk hosted the USSR Tennis Championship in 1978, 1979 and 1980, and hosted some tennis matches of the 2005 Davis Cup. Donetsk was home to the Alexander Kolyaskin Memorial, which was held between 2002-2008 and part of the ATP Challenger Series, and Donetsk is the home of the female Viccourt Cup, which is classified as a ITF Women's Circuit and started in 2012.

Donetsk was always an important athletics centre, and hosted various events. Donetsk was on of the host towns on the 1978 and 1980 Soviet Athletics Championships, and was the sole host town of the event in 1984. Donetsk also hosted the 1977 European Athletics Junior Championships. The stadium used for those athletics events was the RSC Olimpiyskiy (at the time called RSC Lokomotiv). Among the different track and field sports, Donetsk especially has a big name in pole vaulting. Sergey Bubka, regarded by many as the greatest pole vaulter in history, grew up in the city, and also started in 1992 an annual pole vaulting event in Donetsk, called Pole Vault Stars. Bubka himself set the world indoor record at the event three times (1990, 1991, 1993). The current indoor world pole vault record of 6.15m was set by Bubka in the Donetsk Olympic Stadium on 21 February 1993. The Russian female pole vualter Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record at the event every year between 2004-2009.

Culture[edit]

Main Sights[edit]

First Line Avenue (Artema Street)[edit]

The main part of Donetsk, this large avenue is the place to start for any tourist trip around the city. You'll see an interesting mix of new and old architecture together with small parks, stylish hotels, shopping centres and fine restaurants. The historical sites are the most amazing here and include Lenin Square, the Opera & Ballet Theatre, Monument to Coalminers and Donetsk Drama Theatre.

Statue of Artem (Fyodor Sergeyev)[edit]

This imposing six-metre statue on Artema Street is a tribute to one of the Soviet’s most celebrated politicians and adopted son of Joseph Stalin. He died in the Donets Basin in 1921.

Donetsk Opera & Ballet Theatre[edit]

Built in 1936, the Donetsk Opera & Ballet Theatre, is a gem of a theatre with an elegant exterior and world-class performances inside.

Donetsk Opera Theatre, 2002

Donbass Palace[edit]

5-star hotel in the center of Donetsk is the only Ukrainian hotel to join The Leading Hotels of The World, Ukraine's leading business hotel according to the World Travel Awards Association. It was built in 1938 upon the project of Shuvalova and Rechanikov. During the Nazi occupation of Donetsk Gestapo headquartered in the former hotel; the building was partially destroyed during the war time. The hotel was opened after the reconstruction in 2004.

Donbass Palace in 2008

Pushkin Boulevard[edit]

A beautiful green walkway that takes you away from Donetsk city life for a 2 km (1.24 mi) stroll. Here you can enjoy peaceful fountains, al fresco cafes and a number of interesting statues such as the monument to Taras Shevchenko.

Donetsk is home to the world’s perhaps most famous plant forged out of steel, the intricate Mertsalov Palm, located on Pushkin Boulevard. Originally created for an exhibition in 1896 by Aleksei Mertsalov, a local blacksmith, out of a single rail, it represented the skills and power of the heavy industry in Czarist Russia.

Monument to John Hughes[edit]

This 2001 statue located in front of Donetsk National Technical University honours the hard work of Welsh city founder John James Hughes. He was responsible for the city’s Yuzovka Steel Plant that gave Donetsk its industrial history.

Forged Figures Park[edit]

Rose - the symbol of Donetsk City, Forged Figures Park

Forged Figures Park was opened in 2001 and is one-in-a-kind object. International Smithcraft Festival takes place in the park every year. The most impressive masterworks remain in the city as a gift expanding the number of park’s “residents”

Aquapark[edit]

Donetsk Aquapark "Royal Marine" was opened in Scherbakova Park in early winter 2012 and, according to experts' estimates, is one of the top aquaparks in Europe. The free-standing dome, made with OpenAire’s exclusive, maintenance-free aluminium truss structure, will be 26m / 86’ high with a diameter of 85m / 278’, and feature a unique retractable design that slides open in a smooth rotating motion, opening up to 50% of the structure to sunlight and fresh air. The 61,000 sq ft (5,667 m2) Aquatoria, slated to become the largest retractable aluminium-domed indoor waterpark in the world, is being built by Canadian company OpenAire, Inc., a premier designer, manufacturer and installer of retractable roof enclosures and operable skylights.[33]

Architecture[edit]

The VelikoBritaniya hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Donetsk, constructed in 1883.

Donetsk, at the time Yuzovka, was divided into two parts: north and south. In the southern part were the city's factories, railway stations, telegraph buildings, hospitals and schools.[34] Not far from the factories was the English colony where the engineers and the management lived. After the construction of the residence of John Hughes and the various complexes for the foreign workers, the city's southern portion was constructed mainly in the English style.

These buildings used rectangular and triangular shaped façades, green rooftops, large windows, which occupied a large portion of the building, and balconies.[34] In this part of the town, the streets were large and had pavements. A major influence on the formation of architecture in Donetsk was the official architect of a Novorossiya company — Moldingauyer.[34] Preserved buildings of the southern part of Yuzovka consisted of the residences of John Hughes (1891, partially preserved), Bolfur (1889) and Bosse.

In the northern part of Yuzovka, Novyi Svet, lived traders, craftsmen and bureaucrats.[34] Here were located the market hall, the police headquarters and the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Jesus. The central street of Novyi Svet and the neighbouring streets were mainly edged by one- or two-story residential buildings, as well as markets, restaurants, hotels, offices and banks. A famous preserved building in the northern part of Yuzovka was the Hotel Great Britain.

The first general plan of Stalino was made in 1932 in Odessa by the architect P. Golovchenko. In 1937, the project was partly reworked. These projects were the first in the city's construction bureau's history.[34]

A large portion of the city's buildings from the second half of the 20th century were designed by the architect Pavel Vigdergauz, which was given the Government award of the USSR for architecture in the city of Donetsk in 1978.[34]

Religion[edit]

The reconstructed Cathedral Transfiguration of Jesus in Donetsk.

Donetsk's residents belong to many different religious bodies: Eastern Orthodox[35] Greek Catholic, Protestant, and Roman Catholic, as well as Islamic Mosques and Judaic synagogues. The largest religious body with the most members is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Media[edit]

Five television stations operate within Donetsk:

In Donetsk, there is the 360-metre tall TV tower, one of the tallest structures in the city, completed in 1992.

Famous people[edit]

The citizens of Donetsk are commonly called Donechyani (Ukrainian: Донеччани). The following is a list of famous people that were born or brought up in the city:

Museums[edit]

Donetsk is home to about 140 museums. Among them, two large regional museums - Donetsk Region History Museum and Donetsk Regional Art Museum.

Donetsk Region History Museum reveals the city's true identity and covers to the entire local community, diverse as it is. Set up in 1924, it offers an extensive expo with 120,000 exhibits: from archeological findings dating back to pre-historic times to the founding of the city by John Hughes, development of industry and coal mining, World War II and the Soviet times .

FC Shaktar Museum was opened in 2010. This museum is the first Ukrainian museum to be nominated for a European Museum of the Year Award[39]

Transport[edit]

Local transport[edit]

A Donetsk trolley bus with the Cathedral Transfiguration of Jesus in Donetsk.
Tram LM-2008.

The main forms of transport within Donetsk are: trams, electric trolley buses, buses and marshrutkas (private minibuses). The city's public transport system is controlled by the united Dongorpastrans municipal company. The city has 12 tram lines (~130 km), 17 trolley bus lines (~188 km), and about 115 bus lines.[40] Both the tram and trolley bus systems in the city are served by 2 depots each.[40] Another method of transport within the city is taxicab service, of which there are 32 in Donetsk.

The city also contains autostations located within the city and its suburbs: autostation Yuzhny (South), which serves mainly transport lines to the south, hence its name; autostation Tsentr (Centre), which serves transport in the direction of Marinka and Vuhledar as well as intercity transport; the autostation Krytyi rynok (Indoor market), which serves mainly transport in the north and east directions; and the autostation Putilovsky, which serves mainly the north and northwest transport directions.

The construction of the metro system in the city, begun in 1992, was recently abandoned due to the lack of funding. No lines or stations has been finished[41]

Railways[edit]

Donetsk's main railway station, located in the north of the city.

Donetsk's main railway station, which serves about 7 million passengers annually,[40] is located in the northern part of the city. There is a museum near the main station, dealing with the history of region's railways. Other railway stations are: Rutchenkovo, located in the Kyivskyi Raion; Mandrykino (Petrovskyi Raion), and Mushketovo (Budionivskyi Raion). Some passenger trains avoid Donetsk station and serve the Yasynuvata station, located outside the city limits. Although not used for regular transport, the city also has a children's railway. (As of September 2009) a new railway terminal facility that will comply with UEFA requirements (since Donetsk is one of the host city's for UEFA EURO 2012) is planned.[42]

As the Donetsk Oblast is an important transport hub in Ukraine, so is its centre Donetsk. The Donetsk Railways, based in Donetsk, is one of the largest railway divisions in the country. It serves the farming and industrial businesses of the area, and the populations of the Donetsk, Luhansk, partly the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and Kharkiv oblasts.

Road transport[edit]

The Tabliczka E50.svg highway, part of the International E-road network, runs through the city en route to Rostov-on-Don in Russia.

In addition, another international road runs through the city: the M 04. Also, three national Ukrainian roads ( N 15, N 20, and N 21) pass through the city.

The construction of the fourth stage of a circular road bypassing Donetsk is to be completed in 2014.[43]

Air travel[edit]

In addition to public and rail transport, Donetsk has an international airport.[44] It was constructed in the end of the 1940s to the beginning of the 1950s. The whole airport complex was finished in 1973. The city-based DonbassAero airline operates the airport.

Education[edit]

Donetsk has several universities, which include five state universities, 11 institutes, three academies, 14 technicums, five private universities, and six colleges.

The most important and prominent educational institutions include Donetsk National Technical University, founded in 1921[45] ("Donetsk Polytechnical Institute" in 1960–1993), as well as the Donetsk National University[46] which was founded in 1937. The National Technical University held close contacts with the University in Magdeburg. Since 1970, more than 100 students from Germany (East Germany) have completed their higher education at either one of the two main universities in Donetsk. Donetsk is also the home of the Donetsk National Medical University, which was founded in 1930 and became one of the largest medical universities in the Soviet Union. There are also several scientific research institutes and an Islamic University within Donetsk.

Donetsk is also the home of the Prokofiev Donetsk State Music Academy, a music conservatory founded in 1960.

Twinnings[edit]

Donetsk participates in international town twinning schemes to foster good international relations. Partners include:

Footnotes and references[edit]

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  4. ^ Yuz is a Russian or Ukrainian approximation of Hughes
  5. ^ The population included mostly migrants from neighbouring Russian territories
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  12. ^ Statistics from the first All-Russian Empire Census, conducted on 28 January [O.S. 15 15 January] 1897
  13. ^ Statistics from the First All Union Census of the Soviet Union, conducted on 17 December 1926.
  14. ^ Statistics are from the All Union Census of the Soviet Union, conducted on 17 January 1939.
  15. ^ Statistics are from the All Union Census of the Soviet Union, conducted on 15 January 1959.
  16. ^ Statistics are from the All Union Census of the Soviet Union, conducted on 15 January 1970.
  17. ^ Statistics are from the All Union Census of the Soviet Union, conducted on 17 January 1979.
  18. ^ Statistics are from the All Union Census of the Soviet Union, conducted on 12 January 1989.
  19. ^ Statistics are from the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, conducted on 1 January 1998.
  20. ^ Statistics are from the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, conducted on 1 January 2006.
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  41. ^ У Донецьку припиняють зводити метро (Ukrainian)
  42. ^ Construction of railway terminal in Donetsk for UEFA EURO 2012 worth UAH 414mln, Ukrinform (23 September 2009)
  43. ^ Building of fourth stage of Donetsk ring road to end in 2014, Interfax-Ukraine (11 January 2014)
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  46. ^ "Main page". Donetsk National University. Archived from the original on 5 April 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2007. 
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