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Flag of Druzhkivka
Official seal of Druzhkivka
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
Founded 1780s
 • Total 34 km2 (13 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 64,557
Website http://druzhkovka.com/

Druzhkivka (Ukrainian: Дружківка, Russian: Дружковка, Druzhkovka) is a city of oblast significance in Donetsk Oblast (province) of Ukraine. Population: 59,863 (2013 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 to the North-East from the regional center - Donetsk.


Historical records indicate that a settlement named Druzhkivka was established in this area by 1781 A.D. 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. This was exacerbated by the reality that many former residents came to the city from all across the Soviet Union solely to get employment in the once booming industries.[citation needed] When the jobs disappeared, lots 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. At this time, a large number of 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 liberated 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:


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