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Travel Warning WARNING: The political situation in Eastern Ukraine remains unstable. Fighting between the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian military-backed separatists continues. Tourists are unlikely to be the intended targets of violence, unless they travel near the front lines of the war, but many countries have issued warnings to their citizens against all travel to the Donetsk region. Most countries do not provide consular services in the region.
(Information last updated Mar 2021)

The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is a self-proclaimed state in Eastern Ukraine. Its independence is not recognized by Ukraine or by other countries.

Cities[edit]

  • Donetsk: Former industrial heartland of Eastern Ukraine, now the capital of the DPR.
  • Horlivka: The second largest city, also a former industrial city.

Understand[edit]

The legitimacy of the Donetsk government is not recognised by any UN member state, and most other governments consider it legally part of Ukraine. However, from a traveller's point of view, that government has control of the area (separate visas, laws, currency, etc). This is not a political endorsement of claims by any side in the dispute.

Donetsk declared its independence from Ukraine in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the Euromaidan protests in which Ukraine's pro-Russian government was overthrown. The situation in Eastern Ukraine is considered to be a "frozen conflict", similar to other post-Soviet breakaway states such as Artsakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and its sister nation, the Luhansk People's Republic.

The DPR and the Ukrainian government estimate that around 1,870,000 people (2014) — over 50% of the total population of Donetsk Oblast — live in DPR-held regions.

In January 2021, the DPR and Luhansk People's Republic stated in a "Russian Donbass doctrine" that they aimed to seize all of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast under control by the Ukrainian government "in the near future." The document did not indicate any intention of the republics to be annexed by Russia.

Get in[edit]

Overland travel from Ukraine is possible (as of March 2021): foreigners are allowed to cross checkpoints into/out of the temporary occupied territories of Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions provided they meet certain requirements including having an insurance policy certificate issued by a Ukraine-registered insurance company, or a foreign insurance company with an office in Ukraine or a contractual partnership with one of the Ukraine-registered insurance companies. The policy must cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment, observation, and has to be valid for the period of intended stay in Ukraine. See Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information.

Entering DPR from Russia is illegal under Ukrainian law, and will result on a lifetime ban on entering Ukraine.

As of March 2021, the Donetsk International Airport is not operating.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Donetsk Botanical Garden
  • Forged Figures Park
  • Donetsk Regional Museum
  • Donetsk Opera House

Do[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

The conflict in the region is on-going and violence may erupt at any time. See the article on war zone safety. Your government probably will not be able to provide any assistance if you run into trouble.

Go next[edit]

The Luhansk People's Republic borders the Donetsk territory, as do Ukraine and Russia, although you shouldn't exit to Russia if you plan to visit Ukraine again.

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