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(Information last updated 23 Feb 2022)

Eastern Ukraine (Ukrainian: Східна Україна) is the industrial coal-mining region of Ukraine, home to much of the country's ethnic Russian population.

Regions[edit]

Holy Mountains Monastery (complex of the architecture monuments of national significance). Sviatohirsk, Donetsk Oblast
  • Dnieper Ukraine (Приднепровье, Наддніпрянщина) — Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, the northern part of Kherson Oblast, and the middle and north part of Zaporizhia Oblast
  • Donbass region — Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, disputed as of October 2022
  • Pryazovia — Zaporizhia Oblast, the southern part of Donetsk Oblast, and the eastern part of Kherson Oblast
  • Sloboda Ukraine (Слобожанщина,Слобідська Україна) — Kharkiv Oblast, parts of the Sumy Oblast, Donetsk Oblast, and Luhansk Oblast

Oblasts[edit]

  Donetsk Oblast
Includes the major cities of Donetsk and Mariupol in the southeast near the Sea of Azov.
  Luhansk Oblast
Former site of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and the easternmost oblast in Ukraine.
  Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Surrounding the city of Dnipro on the Dnieper River.
  Zaporizhia Oblast
On the southern side of the country, between the Dnieper River and the Sea of Azov.
  Kharkiv Oblast
Surrounding the major city of Kharkiv, near the border with Russia.

Cities[edit]

Map of Eastern Ukraine

  • 1 Dnipro – The center of Dnipropetrovsk region, part of the Dnieper Ukraine area
  • 2 Donetsk – former capital of Donetsk Oblast, primarily known for its plant for the production of sparkling wine bottles the classic way
  • 3 Berdyansk – A spa therapy resort
  • 4 Kamianske Kamianske on Wikipedia – Major industrial hub on the shores of the impressive Kamianske Reservoir
  • 5 Kharkiv – The second most populous city in Ukraine and its first capital. In Sloboda Ukraine area
  • 6 Kryvyi Rih – A major industrial center, in Dnieper Ukraine region
  • 7 Luhansk – former capital of Luhansk Oblast
  • 8 Lysychansk Lysychansk on Wikipedia – a major urban and industrial hub of the Donetsk coal basin area
  • 9 Mariupol – A major industrial center, climatic and mud resort. Part of the Pryazovia area
  • 10 Melitopol — a base for visiting the coast
  • 11 Pavlohrad – The center of the West Donbass coal basin
  • 12 Sievierodonetsk Sievierodonetsk on Wikipedia – has a significant chemical production centre
  • 13 Zaporizhia – Center of Zaporozhye region, part of the Dnieper Ukraine area

We cover the contested regions of Eastern Ukraine as part of Ukraine. This is not a political endorsement of claims by any side in the dispute.

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

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See[edit]

In Dnieper Ukraine, visit Dneproges in Zaporizhia. It was the first power station on the Dnieper, the flagship of the electrification plan, and the energy base of the Zaporozhye industrial complex. You can also here find Khortitsa island.

The longest promenade in Europe is in Dnipro.

In Donbass, the 1 Druzhkovskaya petrified trees (Дружковские окаменевшие деревья) near Kramatorsk, are a geological monument: petrified trees outcrop of the Carboniferous period.

The mining and heaps throughout the region create a distinctive industrial landscape.

Do[edit]

The 2 Homilsha Woods National Nature Park Homilsha Woods National Nature Park on Wikipedia has five major hiking routes, and guided excursions are available, along with shorter hiking routes that access historical and cultural monuments.

The 3 Holy Mountains National Nature Park Holy Mountains National Nature Park on Wikipedia has many archaeological, natural, historical, and recreational sites. It is in the northern part of the Donetsk region.

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