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Ukrainian: Сєвєродонецьк
Russian: Северодоне́цк
Стела Сєвєродонецьк Велодень-2018.jpg
Flag of Sievierodonetsk
Coat of arms of Sievierodonetsk
Sievierodonetsk is located in Luhansk Oblast
Location of Sievierodonetsk
Sievierodonetsk is located in Ukraine
Sievierodonetsk (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 48°56′53″N 38°29′36″E / 48.94806°N 38.49333°E / 48.94806; 38.49333Coordinates: 48°56′53″N 38°29′36″E / 48.94806°N 38.49333°E / 48.94806; 38.49333
Country Ukraine
Oblast Luhansk Oblast
RaionSievierodonetsk Raion
Founded29 April 1934
City status1958
 • Head of Military-Civil AdministrationOleksandr Stryuk
 • Total42.1 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
51 m (167 ft)
 • Total101,135
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Sievierodonets, Severodonets
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+380 6452(645)
Number plateBB, HB
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Sievierodonetsk,[a] Sieverodonetsk,[b] or Severodonetsk[c] is a city in Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine. It is located to the northeast of the left bank of the Siverskyi Donets river and approximately 110 km (68 mi) to the northwest from the oblast capital, Luhansk. It faces Lysychansk across the river. The city, whose name comes from the above-mentioned river, had a 2021 population of 101,135 (2021 est.),[1] making it then the second most populous city in the oblast. Since June 2022, it has been militarily occupied and administered by the Russian Federation.[2]

Sievierodonetsk has several factories and a significant chemical production centre "Azot", part of the Ostchem group. There is also an airport six km (3.7 mi) to the south of the city.[3]

Since 2014, Sievierodonetsk had served as the administrative centre of Luhansk Oblast, due to the city of Luhansk falling under the control of the Luhansk People's Republic during the War in Donbas.[4][5] As part of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sievierodonetsk had come under heavy attack from Russian forces and was the forefront of the Battle of Donbas,[6] resulting in extensive destruction to the city, including residential areas.[7] By 25 June 2022, the city was completely captured by Russian and separatist forces,[8] with Ukrainian authorities claiming that the civilian population was approximately 10,000, ten percent of its pre-war level.[9]


Soviet era

The foundation of modern Sievierodonetsk is closely connected with the beginning of construction of the Lysychansk Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant within the limits of Lysychansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union in 1934. Donets itself was already combined with Lysychansk. The first settlement of workers on the construction site was called Lyskhimstroi, near Donets. In September 1935, the first school was opened in the settlement, a silicate brick plant started production, and the first three residential two-story houses were built. In 1940, there were 47 houses, a school, a club, a kindergarten, a nursery, and 10 buildings of a chemical combine in Lyskhimstroi.

During the Second World War, Lyskhimstroi and surrounding areas were occupied by German forces on 11 July 1942. On 1 February 1943, over half a year later, it was retaken by the 41st Guards Rifle Division and 110th Tank Brigade of the Red Army. Work to restore and expand the Lysychansk Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant began on 10 December 1943 and by 1946, the pre-war housing stock was completely restored, which amounted to 17,000 square meters.

A domestic airport south of the Lyskhimstroi began operations in May 1948, it would undergo major renovations during the early 1960s.

Four new names were proposed for the settlement in 1950: Svetlograd, Komsomolsk-on-Donets, Mendeleevsk and Severodonetsk. It was renamed Severodonetsk, after the Siverskyi Donets River. Severodonetsk would receive the status of an urban settlement the same year. On 1 January 1951, the Lysychansk Nitrogen Fertilizer Plant would produce its first output of ammonium nitrate.[10]

A local newspaper starting publishing in the city in April 1965.[11]

Independent Ukraine

War in Donbas

During the war in Donbas, the town was captured late May 2014 by combined pro-Russian forces, who totaled up to 1,000.[12] Some locals supported the Russian-backed forces but most say they suffered extortion, violence and intolerance under a "reign of terror."[13] No Ukrainian presidential election in 2014 was held in the city as the seperatists did not allow the voting places to open and much of Election Commission's property was either stolen or destroyed. On 22 July 2014, Ukrainian forces regained control of the city.[13][14] Heavy fighting continued around the city for a number of days; on 23 July 2014 the National Guard of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Army released a statement that said they were "continuing the cleansing of Sievierodonetsk".[15][16]

A bridge across Siverskyi Donets river was severely damaged during the war in 2014; it was re-opened in December 2016. The European Union contributed 93.8% of the funding for the restoration.[17]

In 2016, there was a proposal in Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, to rename the city Siverskodonetsk (Ukrainian: Сіверськодонецьк), changing the Russian exonym to a native Ukrainian version with the same meaning.[18]

2022 Russian invasion

Smoke from shelling of the center of Sievierodonetsk by Russian forces, 30 May 2022

During the larger Battle of Donbas of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sievierodonetsk became the center of intense fighting and media attention. In May, Russian forces made Sievierdonetsk its major focus in an attempt to capture Luhansk Oblast. On 31 May, the city's mayor stated that Russian forces had seized control of half of the city.[19] By 14 June, Russian forces had control of 80% of the city and had cut off all escape routes.[20][21] On 24 June, the Ukrainian government ordered its forces to withdraw from Sievierodonetsk.[22]

On 26 June, Russian Defense Minister Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov stated the Luhansk People's Militia and Russian Armed Forces had "completely liberated the cities of Severodonetsk and Borovskoye as well as populated localities Voronovo and Sirotino in the Lugansk People’s Republic".[2]


Historical population

Ethnicity of the city's residents as of the 2001 census:[23]


Chemical industries formerly[9] active in Sievierdonetsk include:


The first Ukrainian championship in bandy was held in Sievierodonetsk in February 2012. Azot Severodonetsk, a bandy club based in the city, came out victorious in the tournament.[24]

Sister cities

Sievierodonetsk is twinned with the following municipalities:

Notable people

Notable residents of Sievierodonetsk include:


  1. ^ Ukrainian: Сєвєродоне́цьк, romanizedSievierodonetsk [ˌsʲɛw(j)erodoˈnɛtsʲk]
  2. ^ Ukrainian: Сєверодоне́цьк, romanizedSieverodonetsk [ˌsʲɛwe-]
  3. ^ Russian: Северодоне́цк, romanizedSeverodonetsk [ˌsʲevʲɪrədɐˈnʲetsk]


  1. ^ Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2021 [Number of Present Population of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2021] (PDF) (in Ukrainian and English). Kyiv: State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
  2. ^ a b "Russian, LPR forces liberate Severodonetsk - Russian top brass - Military & Defense - TASS". Retrieved 2022-06-26.
  3. ^ Sievierodonetsk Airport (UKCS | SEV) at Great Circle Mapper
  4. ^ "Kikhtenko to move Donetsk administration to Kramatorsk and to leave power structures in Mariupol". Dzerkalo Tyzhnia media.
  5. ^ "In Severodonetsk, Petro Poroshenko presented Luhansk RSA Head Hennadiy Moskal". President of Ukraine, official website. Archived from the original on 2015-03-18.
  6. ^ Ponomarenko, Illia (7 May 2022). "Russia's offensive in Donbas bogs down". The Kyiv Independent. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Satellite images show scale of destruction in Ukrainian industrial city of Sievierodonetsk", ABC Net, 8 June 2022
  8. ^ "Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk now 'completely under Russian occupation' after months of fighting". CNN.
  9. ^ a b Ponomarenko, Illia (30 June 2022). "As Ukraine withdraws from Sievierodonetsk, Battle of Donbas enters next phase". Kyiv Independent. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Severodonetsk city, Ukraine trek". Archived from the original on 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  11. ^ № 2910. Коммунистический путь // Летопись периодических и продолжающихся изданий СССР 1986 - 1990. Часть 2. Газеты. М., «Книжная палата», 1994. стр.382
  12. ^ "Severodonetsk residents recall occupiers' brutality - Jul. 25, 2014". 24 July 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Severodonetsk residents recall occupiers' brutality - Jul. 25, 2014". 24 July 2014.
  14. ^ Reuters
  15. ^ "Ukrainian National Guard cleansing Severodonetsk, Lysychansk of militants".
  16. ^ "Сєвєродонецьк звільнено від терористів".
  17. ^ "War-damaged bridge in Severodonetsk reopened after major restructuring". 6 December 2016.
  18. ^ "У Раді пропонують перейменувати Сєвєродонецьк на Сіверськодонецьк". Радіо Свобода (in Ukrainian). 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2022-07-03.
  19. ^ "Sievierodonetsk mayor says Russian forces seize half of city". ABC News. Retrieved 2022-06-05.
  20. ^ Karmanau, Yuras (June 14, 2022). "Russians control 80% of key Ukraine city, cut escape routes". Associated Press. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  21. ^ Zinets, Natalia; Boumzar, Adelaziz (June 13, 2022). "Amid fierce fighting, Russian forces cut last Sievierodonetsk escape route". Reuters. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  22. ^ "Ukraine war: Kyiv orders forces to withdraw from Severodonetsk". BBC News. 24 June 2022.
  23. ^ Дністрянський М. С. Етнополітична географія України. Львів: Літопис, 2006. С.465.
  24. ^ "Ukrainian Bandy and Rink bandy Federation".

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