All information given below dates from before the current fighting began. Updated information is not available.
250km to West. There is one of the World longest downtown riverpromenad, about 5km long.
290km to Northwest. The 'other' 20th century Ukrainian capital.
155km to East.
100km to South. Visit the Azov Sea biggest port town with a couple museums and city beach
Donetsk has a population of around a million people, making it the fifth largest city in the country. Donetsk is the unofficial capital of Donets Basin (Donbass) region, the most industrialized part of the country, and as with the surrounding region, it is mostly populated by local Russians, who consistently favour pro-Russian candidates in the elections.
The swift development of Donetsk began in 1869 due to a Welsh businessman, who started to exploit the coal mines on what was then the southern reaches of the Russian Empire. It was also around this time the local steel industry — which was expanded during the Soviet period — was first established.
World War II shook the city hard, leaving it not much more than mounds of rubbles. After the war, the city was extensively rebuilt, losing its original layout and architecture reminiscent of British towns.
- Sviatohirsk((Ukrainian: Святогі́рськ) or Svyatogorsk (Святого́рск))(30 km north from the town of Sloviansk, from Donetsk 145km north).includes the Holy Assumption Sviatohirsk Lavra, the Holy Mountains National Park, an historical and architectural reserve, as well as a resort of national importance; thirty objects, among them a monumental sculpture of Artem and a World War II memorial are included in the historic monuments complex of the reserve