A locomotive on Popasna railway station
On June 19, 2014, Ukrainian forces reportedly secured the village from pro-Russian separatists. On July 8, 2014, the pro-Russian separatists retook control of the city. On 22 July 2014 the pro-Ukrainian Donbas Battalion retook the city from the pro-Russian separatists. According to an eye witness the pro-Russian separatists had abandoned the town that day. Since then the city comes under periodic attack from the separatists. Land mines have been laid near Popasna. In March 2015 the city only had two stores with some basic products and one pharmacy and residents received food distribution through a volunteer organization. Meanwhile, residents complained about having to pay for public utilities, but being cut off from social benefits supplied by the Ukrainian government.
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- (19 June 2014). Ukraine rebels speak of heavy losses in battle against government troops, Reuters
(in Ukrainian) In the National Security Council said that the border is still a hole, Ukrayinska Pravda (20 June 2014)
- Ukraine Moves to Destroy Rebel Bases in East, Ruling Out Cease-Fire, Bloomberg News (8 July 2014)
- (in Ukrainian) Luhansk terrorists arranged himself a new headquarters in Popasna, Ukrayinska Pravda (9 July 2014)
- We Can Win After All, The Ukrainian Week (6 August 2015)
- (in Ukrainian) Popasna released, there hung Ukrainian flags, Ukrayinska Pravda (22 July 2014)
- People in Luhansk Oblast's Popasna suffer humanitarian crisis, Kyiv Post (2 March 2015)
- Luhansk authorities say militants shell Popasna, injure Ukrainian soldier, Kyiv Post (19 June 2015)
Ukrainian soldiers in Luhansk Oblast's Popasna brace for Independence Day attack, Kyiv Post (23 August 2015)
Militants fire mortar shells on Popasna town, Ukrinform (10 November 2015)
(in Ukrainian) Police recorded the effects of shelling residential neighborhoods Popasna - video, Hromadske Radio (27 October 2016)
- At least 2,353 soldiers killed in Russia’s war against Ukraine, Kyiv Post (24 September 2015)