|City of regional significance|
|Founded||1914 as Sorokino|
|Renamed||1938 as Krasnodon|
|• Mayor||Yuri Borisovich Baklagov |
|• Total||77.33 km2 (29.86 sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||+380 6435|
Krasnodon (Ukrainian, Russian: Краснодон) is a city in the Luhansk Oblast (province) of eastern 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.
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 the Decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, on 28 October 1938 it was renamed to 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 inconclusive satellite data from 21 August 2014, appearing to show a large column of armoured vehicles crossing into Ukraine from Russia through Krasnodon. The images, unverified by date or location, identified Russian made vehicles which could belong to the Ukrainian army, could already have been on the territory of Ukraine before the conflict began, or could have been captured from the Kiev forces by the people's militias. .
- Городской голова (in Russian). Krasnodon Official City Page. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
- Численность и состав населения Украины (in Russian). ukrcensus.gov.ua. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
- "New Satellite Imagery Exposes Russian Combat Troops Inside Ukraine". 28 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.