Donetsk is an industrial city in Ukraine located in the Donbass region, which has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Donetsk and its surrounding areas in Eastern Ukraine have been a major economic, industrial and scientific centre of Ukraine. It has a population of about two million. During Soviet times, the city's steel industry was expanded and the region remains the center for coal mining and steel industry. Here you can find a compilation of all DW content referring to Donetsk.
Kyiv officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of killing several soldiers ahead of a vote in the separatist-controlled Donbass region. President Petro Poroshenko has said "nobody will recognize" the outcome of the vote.
The head of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk Republic" in eastern Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko, has died in an explosion at a Donetsk coffee shop. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Ukraine was likely behind the bombing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in eastern Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements. Merkel said she hopes to relaunch peace talks after the Russian elections. Keith Walker spoke with Roman Goncharenko from DW's Ukrainian service and started by asking him to what extent the fighting in still ongoing.
Brazilian Fred scored a fine free-kick to give Shakhtar Donetsk the upper hand over Roma as the temperature fell to minus eight in the Ukraine. In Spain, a turgid Manchester United held Sevilla to a goalless draw.