Uspenka

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Uspenka
Успенка
Urban-type settlement
Ruins of a former coke works, with Uspenka behind it.
Ruins of a former coke works, with Uspenka behind it.
Uspenka is located in Ukraine
Uspenka
Uspenka
Location of Uspenka within Ukraine
Coordinates: 48°23′38″N 39°9′13″E / 48.39389°N 39.15361°E / 48.39389; 39.15361
Country Ukraine
Oblast Luhansk Oblast
Raion Lutuhyne Raion
Founded 1755
Incorporated 1938
Area
 • Total 4.69 km2 (1.81 sq mi)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 8,895
 • Density 1,913/km2 (4,950/sq mi)
Postal code 92006
Area code(s) +380 6436

Uspenka (Ukrainian: Успенка) is an urban-type settlement in Lutuhyne Raion, a part of Luhansk Oblast within Ukraine. It is located in the eastern part of the greater Donbass region. Population: 8,895 (2013 est.)[2].

The village was founded as Vilkhova (Ukrainian: Вільхова, lit. Alder) in 1755, after a colonel received a grant of land from the Tsar of Russia. The name "Uspenka" became established in the seventy years after the founding of the village. The town has a long history of coal mining, with the first mine established in 1802. The population of the village has greatly declined with the mining and coke industries: in 1966, there were 18,800 residents; in 2001, only 9676. There is still a coke works in the village that employs some residents, but many commute to Lutuhyne for work. Since 2014, Uspenka has been controlled by forces of the Luhansk People's Republic.[3]

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  • Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Volume 10. / Ed. Vladimir Kubiyovych — Paris; New York: Молоде життя, 1954—1989.
  • Wysocki, Victor I. Historical aspects of toponymy in Luhansk — Luhansk, 2003 — pp. 196