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Donuzlav Lake on the map
Donuzlav Lake near Novoozerne

Lake Donuzlav (Crimean Tatar: Doñuzlav/Донъузлав, Ukrainian: Донузлав, Russian: Донузлав) also referred to as Donuzlav Bay is the deepest lake of Crimea (27 m) and biggest in Chornomorske Raion (47 km²). In practice it's not a lake but a bay since 1961, when sandy split (200–400 m wide) separating it from the Black sea was dug with 200 m width channel. The lake is as salty as the sea near mouth but bottom springs make the water much more sweet in the head.

Southern Naval Base (Ukraine) was located there.


Related to the Crimean crises 2014, on 5 March 2014, on the lake were sunk two vessels, the big anti-submarine ship of the project 1134B Ochakov (большой противолодочный корабль проекта 1134Б «Очаков») and rescue tugboat Shakhter (спасательное буксирное судно «Шахтер») belonging to the Russian Black Sea Fleet to prevent the access of the Ukrainian vessels to the Black Sea.[1][2][3][4]

Seven vessels of the Ukrainian fleet were blocked due to the sunk Russian vessels: Lutsk (U205), Vinnytsia (U206), Chernihiv (U310), Cherkasy (U311), Henichesk (U360), Kirovohrad (U401) and Konstyantin Olschansky (U402) [5]

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Media related to Donuzlav at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 45°20′N 33°00′E / 45.333°N 33.000°E / 45.333; 33.000