Donetsk is an industrial centre of a huge coal mining and steel works region. It was founded by a british miner John Hues and was firstly named Yuzovka. Later the city was renamed into Donetsk.
City population is approximately 1,5 million people. Mostly russian speaking population. English is hardly spoken here, but knowledge develops quite quickly, especially in hospitality, because of recent outbound tourist activity.
Undefeated world champion Sergey Bubka is from this place.
Being the centre of the region, city has developped infrastructure and means of transportation like trams, troleybusses, busses and taxi services. City has an international airport and good railway connection to other cities of Ukraine. However, taxi drivers will try to charge you double price if you catch them near airport or railway station, so the price has to be negotiated to half of what they offer in those places straight away to avoid frustration.
Nightlife and restaurants are quite various, and the best suggestion is to consult with locals or at the hotel reception about those kind of places. Central streets like Artyoma and Pushkina boulevard is rich with shops, shopping centres, restaurants and night clubs.
There are two 4 star hotels and one 5 star hotel in Donetsk. Victoria (www.victoria.ua
) and Central are 4 star and Donbass Palace (www.donbasspalace.com
) is 5 star hotel. Interacting in English is easy there because of multilingual staff.
Weather, is almost the same as in the rest of the territory of Ukraine with an exception of Crimea. So check the weather report first, cause it gets quite cold in winter and quite hot in summer