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A locomotive on Popasna railway station
A locomotive on Popasna railway station
Flag of Popasna
Coat of arms of Popasna
Coat of arms
Country  Ukraine
Oblast  Luhansk Oblast
Population (2013) 21,917
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Popasna (Ukrainian: Попасна, Russian: Попасная) is a city in Luhansk Oblast (region) of Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Popasna Raion. Population: 21,917 (2013 est.)[1].

On June 19, 2014, Ukrainian forces reportedly secured the village from pro-Russian separatists.[2] On July 8, 2014, the pro-Russian separatists retook control of the city.[3][4] On 22 July 2014 the pro-Ukrainian Donbas Battalion claimed to have "fully released" the city from the pro-Russian separatists.[5] Since then the city comes under periodic attack from the separatists.[6][7] Land mines have been laid near Popasna.[8] In March 2015 the city only had two stores with some basic products and one pharmacy and residents received food distribution through a volunteer organization.[6] Meanwhile residents complained about having to pay for public utilities, but being cut off from social benefits supplied by the Ukrainian government.[6]


  1. "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 21 January 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. (19 June 2014). Ukraine rebels speak of heavy losses in battle against government troops, Reuters
    (Ukrainian) In the National Security Council said that the border is still a hole, Ukrayinska Pravda (20 June 2014)
  3. Ukraine Moves to Destroy Rebel Bases in East, Ruling Out Cease-Fire, Bloomberg News (8 July 2014)
  4. (Ukrainian) Luhansk terrorists arranged himself a new headquarters in Popasna, Ukrayinska Pravda (9 July 2014)
  5. (Ukrainian) Popasna released, there hung Ukrainian flags, Ukrayinska Pravda (22 July 2014)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 People in Luhansk Oblast's Popasna suffer humanitarian crisis, Kyiv Post (2 March 2015)
  7. Luhansk authorities say militants shell Popasna, injure Ukrainian soldier, Kyiv Post (19 June 2015)
    Ukrainian soldiers in Luhansk Oblast's Popasna brace for Independence Day attack, Kyiv Post (23 August 2015)
    Militants fire mortar shells on Popasna town, Ukrinform (10 November 2015)
  8. At least 2,353 soldiers killed in Russia’s war against Ukraine, Kyiv Post (24 September 2015)

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