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Coordinates: 48°34′N 39°18′E / 48.567°N 39.3°E / 48.567; 39.3

Luhans'k
Луганськ
Lugansk

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Map of Ukraine with Luhansk highlighted.
Luhans'k is located in Ukraine
Luhans'k
Location of Luhansk
Coordinates: 48°34′0″N 39°20′0″E / 48.566667°N 39.333333°E / 48.566667; 39.333333
Country
Oblast
Raion
Ukraine
Luhansk Oblast
Founded 1795
Government
 - Mayor Serhiy Ivanovych Kravchenko
Area
 - Total 257 km2 (99.2 sq mi)
Elevation 105 m (344 ft)
Population (2004)
 - Total 445,900
 Density 1,802/km2 (4,667.2/sq mi)
Postal code 91000
Area code(s) +380 642
Sister cities United Kingdom Cardiff
Poland Lublin
Bulgaria Pernik
Hungary Székesfehérvár
France Saint-Etienne
People's Republic of China Daqing
Website http://gorod.lugansk.ua/

Luhansk (formerly Voroshilovgrad) also known as Lugansk (Ukrainian: Луганськ, pronounced [luˈɦɑnʲsʲk], translit. Luhans’k (formerly Луганське); Russian: Луга́нск; pronounced [luˈɡansk]) is a city in southeastern Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Luhansk Oblast (province). The city itself is also designated as its own separate municipality within the oblast. The current estimated population is around 445,900 (as of 2004)

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History

St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Luhansk
Monument for Revolution Heroes in Lugansk.
Luhansk university

The city traces its history to 1795, when the British industrialist Charles Gascoigne founded a metal factory there. It was the beginning of an industry that still thrives there today. Luhansk achieved the status of city in 1882. Located in the Donets Basin, Luhansk was developed by the Soviet authorities into an important industrial center of the Eastern Europe, particularly a home to the major locomotive-building company. During the Soviet times the city was known as Voroshilovgrad (Russian and Ukrainian: Ворошиловград) in honour of the Soviet military commander and politician Kliment Voroshilov, a native of Lugansk. The name was changed on November 5, 1935, but on March 5, 1958, the old name was reinstated in accordance with a new law that prohibited namings in honour of living people. On January 5, 1970, after Voroshilov died, the name was changed again to Voroshilovgrad. Finally, on May 4, 1990, a decree of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR gave back the city its original name.

Sport

Luhansk is home to Zorya Luhansk which now plays in the premier league Ukrainian annual football championship and who plays into Avanhard Stadium. The other football team is Dynamo Luhansk.

Luhansk Pyramid

On September 7, 2006, Archaeologists in Ukraine claimed an ancient pyramidal structure, which they allege antedates those in Egypt by at least 300 years, was discovered near Luhansk. The stone foundations of the structure were said to resemble Aztec and Mayan pyramids in South America. It was later concluded that the site in question was not a pyramid but still of great interest.

Raions of Luhasnk

Famous people from Luhansk

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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English

Alternative spellings

  • Luhans’k

Etymology

From Ukrainian Луганськ (Luháns’k).

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: Lu‧hansk

Proper noun

Singular
Luhansk

Plural
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Luhansk

  1. A city in Ukraine, administrative centre of Luhansk province.
  2. Luhansk province (oblast), in eastern Ukraine.

Synonyms

  • Lugansk, Lugans’k
  • Voroshylovhrad, Voroshilovgrad (historical)
  • (province): Luhansk Oblast
  • (province): Voroshilovhrad Oblast (historical)

Translations

  • Russian: Луганск ru(ru) (Lugánsk) m.
  • Ukrainian: Луганськ uk(uk) (Luháns’k) m.

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