Welcome to Donetsk
Donetsk is the capital of Donetsk People's Republic. It is also the City of Million Roses that stands on river Kalmius. The area of Donetsk is 385 km². Its length from the north to the south is 38 km, from the east to the west — 55km.
It was founded by a Welsh industrialist John Hughes who started to build a steel factory in 1869. In 1970, Donetsk was recognized by UNESCO as the cleanest industrial city of the world.
Donetsk is a powerful educational and scientific centre. Priority directions of Donetsk activity are directly linked with the development of industry in the region.
Donetsk is a large industrial and business centre. Industry is represented by such sectors as coal mining, metallurgical, machine-building, chemical, building materials production, food and light industry, etc.
Donetsk is a big sports centre. It has highly-developed sporting infrastructure. Representatives of the city are leaders in fields of sports such as football, hockey, boxing, basketball, athletics, tennis.
Football plays an important role in the city life. Donbass Arena, the home stadium of the Shakhter club, was build in 2009 and has a capacity of 50,000 spectators. Donetsk was the host city for the championship of Euro 2012
Donetsk is a city with a great cultural tradition. There are three theatres in the city: Opera and Ballet house, Drama theatre, Puppet show theatre, and more than 8000 objects have a network of establishments of culture and art in Donetsk, including amateur theaters, cinemas, museums and museum exhibits, libraries and other places .
Religious communities of the city are represented by the Orthodox and Greek-Roman churches, Protestant prayer houses and Roman-Catholic churches, mosques and synagogues.
Donetsk is a close interweaving of past and future, nature and technological progress, freedom and pragmatism. Citizens of Donetsk can deal with everything.
Traveling to Donetsk – welcome to DONi Press Center
Getting to Donetsk takes time, planning and money, but it is not too difficult. Your trip here will be the experience of a lifetime, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something that truly makes the world a better place.
The first thing you will need is a Russian visa. The only suggested way to come to Donetsk is via Rostov on Don, Russia. It is possible to get here via Kiev by crossing the front lines, but we advise against coming via Kiev.
The best way to get a Russian visa is to use a Russian visa expediting service. Whichever visa you choose, be sure to get one with at least two entry permits, so you can get back into Russia for your trip home. Even expedited, the visa process can sometimes take a month or more, though it can be done quicker for an extra fee.
From Western countries, the best way to get to Donetsk is to fly to Rostov on Don, Russia, and from there take ground transport to Donetsk. Rostov is a major city and has a wide variety of hotels and services available for international travelers. You will probably want to get a hotel or hostel in Rostov for a day or two, to rest up after the jetlag of a long international flight, and to make any last minute preparations before your trip to from Rostov to Donetsk.
From Rostov, you can take a bus or Taxi to Donetsk. The bus is reliable, clean and comfortable, and quite reasonably priced, and the taxi prices are not too bad if split between several people.
The trip between Rostov and Donetsk is safe. This area is under the complete control of DPR military forces, and out of the range of Ukrainian Army artillery. It is about 200 kilometers, and usually takes about 3 to 4 hours, depending of traffic in border control. We recommend to use Uspenska border crossing.
The Donetsk bus station is located in the Donetsk city center. It is a short taxi ride to the DONi Press Center from the bus station, and should not cost more than 100 Rubles.
Please schedule an appointment with us ahead of time (see: contacts). Our offices are in a secure building (look map) and it helps us alot if we know who is coming and when. If you do not have an appointment, you are free to stop by, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet with you at that time because of our busy days here.
|Park Inn by Redisson Donetsk||Police|
|Ramada Donetsk Hotel||Hospital|
|Donbass Palace||Bus station|