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A locomotive on Popasna railway station
A locomotive on Popasna railway station
Flag of Popasna
Coat of arms of Popasna
Coat of arms
Popasna is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 48°38′00″N 38°22′48″E / 48.63333°N 38.38000°E / 48.63333; 38.38000Coordinates: 48°38′00″N 38°22′48″E / 48.63333°N 38.38000°E / 48.63333; 38.38000
Country  Ukraine
Oblast  Luhansk Oblast
Population (2013) 21,917
Climate Dfb

Popasna (Ukrainian: Попасна, Russian: Попасная) is a city in Luhansk Oblast (region) of Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Popasna Raion. Population: 21,917 (2013 est.)[1].

On June 19, 2014, Ukrainian forces reportedly secured the village from pro-Russian separatists.[2] On July 8, 2014, the pro-Russian separatists retook control of the city.[3][4] On 22 July 2014 the pro-Ukrainian Donbas Battalion retook the city from the pro-Russian separatists.[5][6] According to an eye witness the pro-Russian separatists had abandoned the town that day.[5] Since then the city comes under periodic attack from the separatists.[7][8] Land mines have been laid near Popasna.[9] 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.[7] Meanwhile, residents complained about having to pay for public utilities, but being cut off from social benefits supplied by the Ukrainian government.[7]