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Flag of Horlivka
Coat of arms of Horlivka
Coat of arms
Horlivka is located in Ukraine
Location of Horlivka
Coordinates: 48°18′N 38°3′E / 48.300°N 38.050°E / 48.300; 38.050Coordinates: 48°18′N 38°3′E / 48.300°N 38.050°E / 48.300; 38.050
Donetsk Oblast
Horlivka Municipality
 • Mayor Yevhen Klep[1]
 • Total 422 km2 (163 sq mi)
 • Total 289,872
 • Density 686.9/km2 (1,779/sq mi)

Horlivka (Ukrainian: Горлівка Ukrainian pronunciation: [ˈɦɔrliu̯kɑ]); also known by its Russian name Gorlovka[2] (Russian: Горловка) or Gorlowka[3] while a part of the Soviet Union, is a city in the Donetsk Oblast (province) of eastern Ukraine. In 2001, the city's population was 292,000. Economic activity is predominantly coal mining and the chemical industry. The Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages has a two building campus in the center of town.


In 1867, Gorlovka was founded and named for himself by Pyotr Gorlov, to provide basic services to and organization of a series of mining camps.

During the Russian Revolution of 1905, it was the scene of an armed uprising.

Horlivka Cathedral

Subsequently under Soviet control, by the 1930s it had expanded considerably and become a major center for mining operations in the Ukrainian SSR.

During World War II retreating Nazis burned buildings. Nonetheless, the city's population had risen to over 400,000 by the end of the war.

In recent years many mines have closed. The population fell by more than ten percent during the 1990s.

Infrastructure and environment[edit]

Despite the fall of communism a statue of Lenin still stands in a central square bearing his name. Horlivka is well served by CNG-buses (see Natural gas vehicle), but much of the city's Soviet-era infrastructure shows signs of deterioration. By contrast, a number of modern shops and a new cathedral (completion 2014) in the town center indicate some rejuvenation.

On the eastern side of Horlivka there is an abandoned chemical plant which used to produce toxic explosives and has been reported to be in a dangerous condition.[4][5] Mining activity has resulted in large spoil tips being visible around the city, but a tree-planting project and ongoing forestry maintenance has revitalised an area to the north.

Famous people from Horlivka[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Horlivka is twinned with:

City Country Year of Signing
Barnsley[6] United Kingdom United Kingdom 1987
Pensacola, Florida United States United States
Buffalo, New York United States United States 2007


  1. ^ The result counts, Den (24 February 2011)
  2. ^ "Gorlovka: Ukraine". Geographical Names. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Gorlowka: Ukraine". Geographical Names. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  4. ^ Journal of Health & Pollution. 
  5. ^ "2012-01-03 Chernobyl of Gorlivka". 
  6. ^ "Town twinning Information about town twinning". Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 

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