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.