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Coordinates: 48°18′N 39°44′E / 48.300°N 39.733°E / 48.300; 39.733

City of regional significance
Flag of Krasnodon
Coat of arms of Krasnodon
Coat of arms
Krasnodon is located in Ukraine
Location of Krasnodon
Coordinates: 48°18′0″N 39°44′0″E / 48.30000°N 39.73333°E / 48.30000; 39.73333
Luhansk Oblast
Founded 1914 as Sorokino
Renamed 1938 as Krasnodon
 • Mayor Yuri Borisovich Baklagov [1]
 • Total 77.33 km2 (29.86 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 49,921
Postal code 94400
Area code(s) +380 6435

Krasnodon (Ukrainian, Russian: Краснодон) is a city in the Luhansk Oblast (province) of southeastern Ukraine. Serving as the administrative center of the Krasnodon Raion (district), the city itself is also designated as a separate raion within the oblast.

The population of Krasnodon in 1972 was 70,400, in 1989 it was around 53,000, in 2001 it was 49,921.[2]


Krasnodon was established in 1914 along the banks of the Velyka Kamyanka, a tributary of the Seversky Donets River, as the settlement of Sorokino. It soon became one of the centers of the coal mining industry of the Donbass region. By a Decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, on 28 October 1938 it was renamed Krasnodon.

During the German-Soviet War, Krasnodon was occupied by Nazi Germany from July 20, 1942 to February 14, 1943. The anti-Nazi Komsomol organization Young Guard operated in the city from October 1942 to January 1943. The Young Guard are commemorated with monuments and a memorial complex in Krasnodon.

NATO released satellite data from 21 August 2014, appearing to show a large column of armoured vehicles crossing into Ukraine from Russia through Krasnodon.[3]


Native language as of the Ukrainian Census of 2001:[4]

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  1. ^ Городской голова (in Russian). Krasnodon Official City Page. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ Численность и состав населения Украины (in Russian). Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ "New Satellite Imagery Exposes Russian Combat Troops Inside Ukraine". 28 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
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