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City of regional significance
Mining company office in Snizhne
Mining company office in Snizhne
Flag of Snizhne
Official seal of Snizhne
Snizhne is located in Donetsk Oblast
Snizhne is located in Ukraine
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Country Ukraine
Oblast Donetsk
Founded 1784
Incorporated 1938
 • Total 87.2 km2 (33.7 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 49,564

Snizhne (Ukrainian: Сніжне; Russian: СнежноеSnezhnoye; until 1864 — VasylivkaUkrainian: Василівка) is a city of oblast significance in eastern Ukraine within the Donetsk Oblast. Along with cities of Shakhtarsk and Torez, it is surrounded by Shakhtarsk Raion, according to the regional territorial division. The eastern edge of Snizhne is adjacent to administrative border of Luhansk Oblast. Population: 48,485 (2013 est.)[2].

During the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine the town was held by separatists. On July 15, 2014, rockets from an unidentified aircraft struck the town hitting an apartment building and a tax office, leaving at least eleven people dead and eight injured. Separatists blamed the Ukrainian Air Force for the attack, but Ukrainian sources denied it and stated that since the incident where a An-26 plane was shot down they have carried out no flights there. Instead they blamed Russian jets.[3] After the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, a YouTube video and photo emerged with citizen journalists claiming the material was from Snizhne and showed a Buk missile launcher.[4] On 22 July 2014 U.S. intelligence officials claimed that a Buk missile system had shot down Flight 17 from the Snizhne vicinity.[5]

Fighting for the control of the town between the separatists and the Ukrainian army broke out on 28 July 2014.[6][7][8]


Native language as of the Ukrainian Census of 2001:[9]