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Official seal of Ilovaisk
Country Ukraine
Oblast Donetsk Oblast
 • Total15,639

Ilovaisk (Ukrainian: Іловайськ) or (Russian: Иловайск) is a city in Khartsyzk municipality, Donetsk Oblast (province) of Ukraine. The city is known as a major regional railroad hub.[1] During the Battle of Ilovaisk the train station was closed.[2]

Population: 15,639 (2016 est.)[3]; 17,620 (2001).

Battle of Ilovaisk[edit]

Starting in mid-April 2014 Russia-backed terrorists captured several towns in Donetsk Oblast,[4][5] including Ilovaisk.[6] On 19 August 2014, Ukrainian forces reportedly secured the city centre from the terrorists; fighting for control of other parts of the town continued.[6] The next morning they claimed they had control over one half of the town with the town divided by a railroad line.[7][8] On 21 August heavy fighting for control of the town (according to the Ukrainian army "in some districts of Ilovaisk", while the Russia-backed separatists claimed they had repelled the Ukrainian attacks and had surrounded a part of the Ukrainian troops) continued.[9][1] Fighting for control of the town continued over the next days.[10][11] The rebels had retaken the city as of September 1.[12]


Native language as of the Ukrainian Census of 2001:[13]


  1. ^ a b "Ukrainian military in Ilovaisk receive reinforcement".
  2. ^ "Revisiting Donetsk Oblast's Ilovaisk, scene of horrific massacre in August - KyivPost". 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Vladimir Putin Is Accidentally Bringing Eastern and Western Ukraine Together".
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Ukrainian flag raised over Ilovaisk - Donbas battalion".
  7. ^ "Combat conducted in Ilovaisk urban areas, Ukrainian army loses nine men killed".
  8. ^ "Ukrainian army retakes over half of Ilovaisk, fighting continues – National Guard".
  9. ^ "Ukrainian Interior Ministry, National Guard lose 16 servicemen in Ilovaisk battle".
  10. ^ "Ukrinform News".
  11. ^ "Ukrinform News".
  12. ^ Marson, James; Cullison, Alan (2 September 2014). "Ukraine Suffers Harsh Defeat in Eastern Town" – via
  13. ^ "Офіційна сторінка Всеукраїнського перепису населення".

External links[edit]

Media related to Ilovaisk at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°55′34″N 38°11′38″E / 47.926°N 38.194°E / 47.926; 38.194