Administratively, it has been the centre of Donetsk Oblast, while historically, it is the unofficial capital and largest city of the larger economic and cultural Donets Basin (Donbas) region. Donetsk is adjacent to another major city of Makiivka and along with other surrounding cities forms a major urban sprawl and conurbation in the region. Donetsk has been a major economic, industrial and scientific centre of Ukraine with a high concentration of companies and a skilled workforce.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR or DNR) (Russian:Доне́цкая Наро́дная Респу́блика, tr.Donétskaya Naródnaya Respúblika;IPA:[dɐˈnʲɛtskəjə nɐˈrodnəjə rʲɪˈspublʲɪkə], Ukrainian:Донецька Народна Республіка, Donets'ka Narodna Respublika) is an unrecognized state, supported by several rebel groups based in the Donetsk oblast of Ukraine, where it controls territory. In Ukraine, it is considered to be a terrorist organisation. The Donetsk People's Republic is a self-proclaimed state whose existence is unrecognized by the international community, which receives humanitarian and military support from Russia. It was also a constituent state of the self-proclaimed confederation of Novorossiya (referencing the corresponding historical region and its name), and since February 2015 assigned itself the status of successor to the historic self-declared Donetsk–Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic. On 20 May 2015 the leadership of the Federal State of Novorossiya announced the termination of the confederation 'project'.
North Korea and the Russian-backed separatist Donetsk region of Ukraine will develop "equally beneficial bilateral cooperation". North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Donetsk leader Denis Pushilin made the comment in a letter to Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader.
SEOUL--The head of Russian proxy forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region has sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for cooperation amid signs the North is considering sending laborers for restoration projects in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.
Ukraine's women soldiers were documented on the front lines in Donetsk, a location where the most fierce confrontations with the Russian army take place ... While women fighting at the Donetsk front had long histories of military service, others chose to enlist voluntarily.
In its regular Facebook update, the military’s general staff said Russian troops had attempted to push towards Kramatorsk, one of two major cities in the eastern Donetsk province that remain under Ukrainian control, but “they failed completely and chaotically retreated to their previous positions.”.