"On the Bank of the Seversky Donets" Syeverodonets'k by hunterV

Syeverodonets'k Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 143 photos

A Large Center

During my school years I lived in Rubizhne - the neighboring city of Syeverodonetsk - and I used to visit it quite often to go shopping or to go the movie theater or to the concert hall. They also have a well-known "Ice Palace", a sports complex where different matches, competitions and concerts take place. When I lived in Luhansk, I used to pass this city on my way to my home town, Rubizhne that lies about 12 km/7.5 miles to the northwest of this city. Now my wife and I rent a two-room apartment here and stay in this city as refugees. Also, we received an official refugee certificate here.
You can have a better idea of Syeverodonetsk, if you watch The City Tour by Car or Youtube slideshow on Syeverodonetsk. The city has a lot of sights of its own, among them a new fountain in Syeverodonetsk. Besides, the city has its own channel on Youtube: City Channel and its own Internet Picture Gallery.

The Pearl of the Donets Basin

This city is a recognized cultural center of Luhansk region. Its population is now 125 thousand inhabitants (plus thousands of refugees from all over the southern part of Luhansk region that is at present out of control of the Ukrainian authorities).
Syeverodonetsk is located to the north of the Seversky Donets that divides our region into two parts. So this city, during all the after-war years, was the main city of the northern part of Luhansk region.
What's more, it became the capital of Luhansk region in the fall of 2014 after the tragic events of that year.
The city has its own airport, trolleybuses, a huge leisure center, its own theater, several markets, twenty secondary schools, and several research institutes of chemical industry.
There are several squares in Syeverodonetsk, a park, two man-made lakes, located within the city, that became the city residents’ favorite vacation place. Also, there are many natural lakes around the city, where tourist centers of city enterprises were built.
In its economic and social development Syeverodonetsk today is one of the most industrialized cities not only in Luhansk region, but also in the entire country. The City Council works a lot to maintain the high potential of the city, focusing on the development of culture, sports and business.
Surrounded by pine forests and lakes w ith a unique landscape of the forest-steppe zone, Syeverodonetsk provides excellent and inexpensive vacation.
Syevyerodonetsk is often called The Pearl of the Donets Basin. It is a compact city located on the left bank of the Seversky Donets. The residents of Syevyerodonetsk regard their city as a very special one: sunny, cozy, comfortable for living. In summer it is full of greenery and flowers. Seeing them, you would hardly believe that eighty years ago there was nothing but sand and weeds here, on the left bank of the Seversky Donets, where there is a modern developing city that is approaching European standards now.
The monument to Clement Voroshilov (1881-1969), the Soviet President under Nikita Khrushchev (1956-1960), that stands opposite the bus terminal, is very rare for it depicts the Soviet President in plain clothes as a president and not as a five-star general. It is not known whether Clement Voroshilov has ever visited this place, but, according to the legend, he was born in the nearby village of Borovskoye, that is now subjected to the City Council...
Are you interested? So, why not take a look at the city web page in English: The City of Syeverodonetsk or watch two other videos, time permitting: 2012 Flashmob and Winter Trolleybus Ride.

Green and Young

Syeverodonetsk was founded in the thirties of the last century due to the construction of a nitrogen fertilizer plant (now Nitrogen Corporation). The government adopted a resolution on building the country’s largest in the country nitrogen fertilizer plant in 1934. A lot of enthusiastic specialists, young college graduates and young workers from all over the Soviet Union arrived to the construction site. Originally the workers’ settlement consisted of only two barracks, and in 1938 there were about thirty two-storey houses. Severodonetsk got its name in 1950, and in 1958 it was granted a city status. At that time its population was thirty-three thousand residents.
The city was called after the river Seversky Donets on whose left bank it stands. And the river itself is called Donets ("Little Don") for it is the left tributary of the Don, a big Russian river flowing into the Sea of Azov.
The name "Seversky" implies our very ancient history, when nomadic tribes of the Severtsy used to inhabit the banks of the river. So the city's name is closely connected with the river, on which it stands, and the river name itself is connected with the ancient nomadic tribe of the Severtsy. Such is the history...
You can have a majestic view of the city from the hills of the neighboring city of Lissichansk located the high right bank of the Seversky Donets.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A great number of cafes, modern stores, big markets, a leisure center and the Ice Palace
  • Cons:Lots of chemical industry, poor quality of roads and sidewalks, high prices
  • In a nutshell:The New Capital of the Ukrainian Luhansk Region
  • Last visit to Syeverodonets'k: Jan 2015
  • Intro Updated Jan 27, 2015
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  • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
    18 hours ago

    I was checking your recent tips Victor. What is the ice palace like? I always like those artistic pieces of ice art we see created by well known artists once in a while and are like an exhibition spot. Is this palace once such?

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      18 hours ago

      This palace is for hockey matches/figure skating competitions and also for concerts. So it's a double purpose stadium, as it were. However, they do not make ice there, but prefer to organize concerts and rallies inside....

    • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
      13 hours ago

      I see. Thanks Victor.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Thanks so much for this page on Syeverodonets'k, your new home between your two former hometowns. Well done, very informative for me.
    I like to think of the ancient Severtsy nomads living on the banks of the little Don. :-) Great to know that today, Syeverodonets'k is a cultural centre. I'll be back to read everything soon!

  • picek's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    Interesting 'young' city! Must be pleasant to stroll through the park. Pity there are so many stray dogs in the streets - by unknown reason to me I always get barked at and I don't even dislike dogs (well, except mad dogs!).

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Hi Victor, great page as usual! How is the summer in Ukraine? Are you following the world cup soccer?

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    Another insight into the small villages. I, too, enjoyed the warning about the stray dogs. The travelogues are outstanding. Beautiful photographs.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    An interesting tip "Stray Dogs in the City". Loved you Youtube link "Doroga domoi" - wonderful song! Thanks Victor for the virtual tour!

  • St_Vincent's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    It was interesting to read all about 'Little Don'. Thank you very much for your birthday message Victor. Kind Regards, Clive


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