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Donetsk History and Attractions

Kalmius River, Donetsk

Kalmius River, Donetsk

Kalmius River, Donetsk Monument to Miners Glory Monument to Donbass Liberators reconstructed Transfiguration of Jesus Cathedral

Donetsk was founded in 1869 when John Hughes, a Welsh businessman, received a concession from the Russian government to build a metallurgical plant in an area of rich coal fields, the Donets Basin. The town was initially called Yuzovka (Hughesovka) in his honor. It grew rapidly, surpassing 50,000 inhabitants by the turn of the 20th century and attaining official city status in 1917. From 1941 to 1943 the city (named Stalino in Stalin's honor) was occupied by German invaders. Like many Eastern European cities devastated by ensuing battles, it had to be completely rebuilt after the war. It wasn't until 1961, following Krushchev's denunciation of Stalin, that the city received it current name Donetsk, after the Donets river (a tributary of the Don).

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Sites Around Donetsk

Tsar Cannon

Tsar Cannon

Tsar Cannon Taras Shevchenko Statue Slag Heap in Donetsk Donetsk Tram at Train Station

More photos of sites around Donetsk.

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Donetsk Sports and Leisure

RSK Olympic Stadium

RSK Olympic Stadium

RSK Olympic Stadium Shakhtar Stadium Sherbakova Park

Sports and leisure site in Donetsk.

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Famous Donetsk Landmarks

Donetsk State Library

Donetsk State Library

Donetsk State Library Donetsk Drama Theater Donetsk Train Station Donetsk Central Market

Photos of notable buildings around Donetsk, Ukraine.

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