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Flag of Druzhkivka
Official seal of Druzhkivka
Druzhkivka is located in Donetsk Oblast
Druzhkivka is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 48°37′17″N 37°31′40″E / 48.62139°N 37.52778°E / 48.62139; 37.52778Coordinates: 48°37′17″N 37°31′40″E / 48.62139°N 37.52778°E / 48.62139; 37.52778
Country Ukraine
Oblast Donetsk Oblast
 • Total34 km2 (13 sq mi)
 • Total64,557

Druzhkivka (Ukrainian: Дружківка, Russian: Дружковка, Druzhkovka) is a city of oblast significance in Donetsk Oblast (province) of Ukraine. Population: 55,088 (2021 est.)[1]; 64,557 (2001). The area of the city is 46 km².[citation needed]

Druzhkivka is a city located near the confluence of the Kryvyi Torets and Kazennyi Torets rivers, about 80 km northeast of Donetsk.


Historical records indicate that a settlement named Druzhkivka was established in this area by 1781. From the late 19th through the 20th century, Druzhkivka grew into a mid-size industrial city with several large factories producing mining equipment and machinery, hardware, kitchen stoves, china tableware and bricks, as well as several clay-extracting quarries in the city's vicinity.[citation needed] The economic collapse that resulted from the breakup of the Soviet Union resulted in the rapid decline of local industries, with factories closing or barely functioning — a condition that led to high unemployment and a population exodus. When the jobs disappeared, many of them moved away. The current population of less than 60,000 is well below the historical high of at least 80,000 during the mid-1980s. Currently, many residents work part-time in various other countries. However, since temporary foreign workers bring their incomes back home to spend, this has led to the rapid growth in the local services and retail industries.[citation needed]

During World War II, Druzhkivka was occupied by the Nazi army from October 22, 1941 to February 6, 1943 and again from February 9 to September 6, 1943. During their occupation, the SS killed many local Jews. A witness from the village described the Nazis hanging Jews along the railway.[2]

During the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine the town was captured in mid-April 2014 by pro-Russian separatists.[3][4] The city was eventually recaptured by Ukrainian forces on 7 July 2014, along with Bakhmut.[5][6]


The population of Druzhkivka as of June 1, 2017 is 67 772 people.[7]

Ethnicity as of the Ukrainian Census of 2001:[8]

  • 48,302 Ukrainians (64.4%)
  • 24,122 Russians (32.2%)
  • 612 Armenians (0.8%)
  • 490 Belarusians (0.7%)
  • 216 Tatars (0.3%)

First language as of the 2001 census:[9]


Settlements subordinate to Druzhivka city include:


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Yahad-In Unum Interactive Map". Execution Sites of Jewish Victims Investigated by Yahad-In Unum. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ Ragozin, Leonid (16 April 2014). "Vladimir Putin Is Accidentally Bringing Eastern and Western Ukraine Together". The New Republic. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Donbass defenders put WWII tank back into service".
  5. ^ "Rebels blamed as Ukraine bridges hit". BBC News. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Ukraine flag raised over two cities, military tells Poroshenko".
  7. ^ "Население Дружковки составляет 67722 человека" Дружковка на ладонях, 14 августа 2017
  8. ^ https://www.webcitation.org/6CURge2tu?url=http://donetskstat.gov.ua/census/census.php?ncp=11&ncp1=6
  9. ^ "Офіційна сторінка Всеукраїнського перепису населення". www.ukrcensus.gov.ua. Retrieved 12 April 2018.