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City of regional significance
Flag of Horlivka
Coat of arms of Horlivka
Coat of arms
Horlivka is located in Donetsk Oblast
Location of Horlivka
Horlivka is located in Ukraine
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)
Population (2013)
 • Total 256,714
 • 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 of regional significance in the Donetsk Oblast (province) of eastern Ukraine. Population: 256,714 (2013 population estimate)[4]. 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.


See also: Posad
Horlivka Cathedral

In 1779 the city was founded as Gosudarev Posad and in 1869 it was renamed after Pyotr Gorlov as Gorlovka (locally Horlivka). The little workers town 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.

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.

2014 pro-Russian separatism[edit]

In the middle of April, 2014, and shortly thereafter, pro-Russian separatists captured several towns in Donetsk Oblast.[5][6] A group of separatists seized the police station in Horlivka on April 14;[7] the city hall was seized on April 30.[8] The mayor of the city, Yevhen Klep, was detained by the separatists on June 11, and not released until July 18.[9] On July 21 and 22, 2014, the city saw heavy fighting.[10][11] The Ukrainian army reportedly retook parts of Horlivka on July 21.[12] After the Ukrainian army had retaken Lysychansk on July 25, 2014,[13] the recapture of Horlivka became a priority, for the city was seen as "a direct path to the regional center - Donetsk".[14] As of 28 July, the city was reported to be fully surrounded by Ukrainian troops, with rebels holding their positions inside.[15] Horlivka City Council reported that on 28 July 17 civilians, including three children, were killed in the city.[16] The Ukrainian army accused the separatists of shelling residential areas to discredit the Ukrainian army.[17] From the beginning of conflict as of 3 of December 2014, there were 83 death casualties and 242 persons were injured.[18]


Native language as of the Ukrainian Census of 2001:[19]

National composition as of the Ukrainian Census of 2001:[19]

number percent, %
Ukrainians 160,397 51,4
Russians 139,980 44,8
Belarusians 4,079 1,3
Tatars 876 0,3
Armenians 784 0,3
Moldovans 720 0,2
Azeris 647 0,2

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.[20][21] 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.

Administrative division[edit]

Administrative system of Horlivka:
Districts of Horlivka: Populated places:
1 — Hladosove
2 — Holmivsky
3 — Zaitseve
4 — Mykhailivka
5 — Ozeryanivka
6 — Panteleimonivka
7 — Piatykhatky
8 — Ryasne
9 — Stavky
10 — Fedorivka
11 — Shyroka Balka

The city is divided into three city districts: Mykytivka, Kalinin, and City Center.

The city municipality also includes several towns and villages. Most of populated places belongs to the City Center district, while Hladosove, Holmivsky and Zaitseve is part of Mykytivka district.

  • towns: Holmivsky, Zaitseve, Panteleimonivka
  • villages: Mykhailivka, Ryasne
  • hamlets: Hladosove, Ozeryanivka, Piatykhatky, Stavky, Fedorivka, Shyroka Balka

Notable people from Horlivka[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Horlivka is twinned with:

City Country Year of Signing
Barnsley[22] 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. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України" (in Ukrainian). State Service of Statistics. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117387/putin-accidentally-helping-unite-eastern-and-western-ukraine
  6. ^ http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/14/injuries-reported-in-pro-russia-attack-at-horlivka-in-east-ukraine/
  7. ^ http://www.voanews.com/content/ukraine-protesters-seize-police-hq-in-horlivka/1892923.html
  8. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-rundown-horlivka-pro-russian-separatists-gains-come-as-no-surprise-to-many/2014/04/30/8b8b99cc-d095-11e3-b812-0c92213941f4_story.html
  9. ^ http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/media-separatists-free-horlivka-mayor-356786.html
  10. ^ http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/214799.html
  11. ^ http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/214904.html
  12. ^ http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/en/148/571646/
  13. ^ http://online.wsj.com/articles/ukrainian-troops-recapture-rebel-stronghold-of-lysychansk-1406290472?mod=europe_home
  14. ^ http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/ato_major_forces_to_focus_on_horlivka_324375
  15. ^ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2014/07/28/fighting-intensifies-near-crash-site.html
  16. ^ http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/215876.html
  17. ^ http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/215878.html
  18. ^ http://vesna-info.ru/novorossia/982-novosti-gorlovki-za-03122014.html
  19. ^ a b [1]
  20. ^ "Journal of Health & Pollution". doi:10.5696/2156-9614.1.2.2. 
  21. ^ "2012-01-03 Chernobyl of Gorlivka". 
  22. ^ "Town twinning Information about town twinning". Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 

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