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The Donets Basin, known commonly as the Donbas, is a historical, economic and cultural region of Eastern Ukraine and southwest Russia. A coal mining area since late 19th century, it has become a heavily industrialised territory suffering from urban decay and industrial pollution.


The Donbas Euroregion covers the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, and also Rostov Oblast of the Russian Federation.


Donbas is currently the most densely populated of all the regions of Ukraine (excluding the capital city of Kiev). The city of Donetsk is considered the unofficial capital of Donbas.

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In late January, a group of former participants of Ukraine's military operation in Donbass, including several lawmakers, blocked traffic on several segments of freight rail lines running from the territories uncontrolled by Kiev.
"We ask you to stop Ukraine and force Poroshenko to cease criminal activities against the people of the Donbass. Make Poroshenko stop shooting civilians, make him lift the economic blockade of the Donbass," the document reads. In their address ...

militants launched 61 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another eight people were wounded in the area of the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbas in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian Defense Ministry official Andriy Lysenko said. "Three Ukrainian servicemen were ...
Two civilians - a man and a woman - were killed on March 25 during a shelling attack on the village of Zaitsev, 62 km north-east of Donetsk in the country's war-torn Donbas region. An upsurge in violence between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed ...

Moscow, March 27. /TASS/. Kiev's attempts to impose a blockade on Donbass in hope that the region will capitulate are unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano.
militants launched 58 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
Russian-backed forces in the Donbas attacked Ukrainian troops with mortars, artillery, small arms, and tanks over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesperson Andriy Lysenko said at a press conference on March 24.
27.03.2017 09:32. militants launched 88 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day.
Shots fired close to OSCE patrol in Donbas. By Euan MacDonald. Published March 25 at 1:19 pm. OSCE mission employees look at protesters during a rally in front the OSCE mission in Donetsk on Feb. 15, 2017.
The situation in Eastern Ukraine escalates. militants launched 78 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center. In Mariupol direction, the tensest situation was ...
The text of Poroshenko's speech to the Development Council meeting is available on the President's web site, the televised video of the event is available on Youtube.
The militants have committed 84 ceasefire violations in Donbas over the past 24 hours, the ATO (Anti-terrorist operation) press center said on its facebook page on Thursday morning.
22.03.2017 13:08. finance Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk says that the impact of economic blockade in Donbas on the Ukrainian economy will be ...
Ukrainian servicemen drink tea to warm up in the town of Avdyivka on February 1, 2017 as government forces and Russian-backed separatists exchanged ...
Moscow (Sputnik) - Russia's Emergencies Ministry has sent out the 63rd humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine's southeast (Donbass), which includes mostly food for children, a ministry spokesperson has announced. "From the Donskoy rescue center of the ...

Moscow, March 23. /TASS/. Russia's new convoy with humanitarian aid for Ukraine's Donbass is traveling towards the state border with Ukraine, a source from the press service of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has told Tass.
militants launched 76 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
militants launched 76 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
Representative of President Poroshenko in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Artur Herasimov has outlined conditions for termination of the economic blockade of Donbas. Herasimov stated this on the air of Ukrainian TV program on Monday evening.
Over the past day, the Russia-backed separatists have fired on the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces 76 times, as a result of shelling, one Ukrainian serviceman has been wounded, the press center of the Ukrainian military has reported.
After shutting down railway communications - which provided Ukrainian TPSs (thermal power stations) and CGPs (cogeneration plants) with strategic and important resource (anthracite coal from Donbas mines) - the blockade raised a number of questions in ...
As many as 3,136 Ukrainian citizens have been freed from captivity or found since the start of the Donbas hostilities, while 416 others have gone missing, advisor to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) chief Yuriy Tandit said.
The Donbass militia has repelled an attack of the Ukrainian armed forces in the south of the Donetsk People's Republic at the village of Kominternovo.
Three Ukrainian army soldiers have been killed and nine have suffered injuries in the Anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone in Eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk said.
A tank from the Ukrainian amy spotted stationed outside a building in the flashpoint eastern city of Avdiyivka on Feb. 2. The UN monitors claim both sides of the ...
The impact of the blockade of traffic with the uncontrolled territories of Donbas on the Ukrainian economy will definitely be negative, but the degree of influence depends on a number of accompanying factors, experts polled by Interfax-Ukraine believe.
As many as 3,136 Ukrainian citizens have been freed from captivity or found since the start of the Donbas hostilities, while 416 others have gone missing, advisor to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) chief Yuriy Tandit said.
militants launched 60 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko is sure that the 'Normandy format' will remain the main one in the issue of the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas. "We are going to meet on March 24 and I will be in Paris ...
The blockade led to irregularities in supplies of anthracite coal from Donbass, leading to power shortages in Ukraine and prompting Kiev to declare an energy emergency.
president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that the blockade of the uncontrolled territories of Donbas is aimed at pushing them away from Ukraine to the Russian Federation.
militants launched 50 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
Kiev (Sputnik) - At least five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in Donbass over the last 24 hours, Alexander Motuzyanik, the spokesman for the Ukrainian forces' operation in the east, said Sunday.
The blockade led to irregularities in supplies of anthracite coal from Donbass, leading to power shortages in Ukraine and prompting Kiev to declare an energy emergency.
... explanations on the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine to temporarily halt cargo shipments across the line of demarcation between Ukrainian troops and combined Russian-militant groups in Donbas to foreign ...
Moscow (Sputnik) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Saturday in a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that France stood for ending the blockade of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass, the Russian ...
United States President Donald Trump has thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her leading role in the process of settling the conflict in Donbas. Trump stated this during the joint press conference with the German leader after their meeting in ...
militants launched 112 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
US National Guard unit from the state of Oklahoma is training Ukrainian troops involved in the fighting in the eastern part of the country, Senator Jim Inhofe said in a press release.
Ukraine reports 60 attacks on its positions in Donbas, one killed, one injured. By Interfax-Ukraine. Published March 17 at 8:53 pm.
OSCE SMM: Number of ceasefire violations in Donbas 15 percent down in week. By Interfax-Ukraine. Published March 17 at 9:42 pm.
The U.S. Department of State notes that the problem occurred in Eastern Ukraine because of the introduction a temporary ban on transporting cargo in Donbas should be resolved peacefully. U.S. state Department Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner states this ...
firefighters inspect a fire in Avdiyivka after heavy shelling by Russian-backed forces on Feb. 25. The war is showing no signs of letting up.
Moscow, March 17. /TASS/. The Kremlin is concerned about the blockade of Donbass, as this step by Kiev affects implementation of the Minsk agreements, press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Friday.
militants launched 77 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.
VIENNA, March 17. /TASS/. The Kiev government's decision to cut traffic with the self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian republics contradicts the Package of Measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and will have negative consequences, Russia ...
Metinvest metallurgical group stated it had lost control over all of its enterprises in the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily not controlled by Ukrainian authorities.
militants launched 91 attacks on positions of the armed forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. This is reported by the ATO press center.


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