Places in News: Sievierodonetsk


  • More than a 100 days after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, it is the strategic eastern city of Sievierodonetsk that remains the focus of intense fighting in the battle’s current phase.

    Photo Credit: The New York Times

About Sievierodonetsk

  • Located nearly 140 km south of the Russian border, it is one of the largest cities of the Donbas region.
  • It is located near the left bank of the Siverskyi Donets river, and has a population of over a lakh. Administratively, Sievierodonetsk falls under Ukraine’s Luhansk oblast (province).
  • It is a big industrial hub known for chemical works and machine-building factories.
  • When Russia talks about ‘liberating’ Donbas, it broadly refers to controlling Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
  • If the city falls, then it will allow Russia to control the entire Luhansk region.


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