Makeevka city, Ukraine (Makiivka)

The city of Donetsk oblast.

Makeevka overview

Makeevka (Makiivka) is a city of Donetsk region of Ukraine. It is located about 13 km from Donetsk playing the role of Donetsk satellite city.

The population - 356,000 (2012).

Phone code - +380 623(2); postal codes - 86100-86180.

Makeevka city flag

Makeevka city flag

Makeevka city coat of arms

Makeevka city coat of arms

Makeevka city map location


Makeevka history

Official foundation date is 1690. The history of the town began from Cossack settlements Yasinovka, Nizhnyaya Krynka, Zemlyanki, Makeevka and Tsheglovo. In 1787, the settlement Makeevka was founded by Cossack Makiy and it became the center of a newly created district.

By the early 90s of the 19th century, coal was found on the territory of the district, and Makeevsky mining district was formed together with its administrative, industrial, trade and cultural center - the settlement Dmitriyevsky which gradually became a basis of Makeevka.

In 1899, metallurgical settlement was founded nearby called Dmitrievsk. Makeevka settlement was a small village when it was combined with nearby Dmitrievsk. In 1907, a mining rescue station was formed - the first in Russia. Coal mining promoted development of railway transportation, metallurgic, pipe and coke chemical industries.

In July 1917, the settlement Dmitriyevsky became a town and the center of Makeevsky district. In February 1919, the district was included into Donetsk gubernia and, in 1931, it was renamed into the town Makeevka. It subsequently developed as one of the largest coal-mining and industrial centers of the Donets Basin coalfield.

Rapid development of the city, its industrial capacity is linked with 10 pre-war years. A research scientific institute on safety work in mining industry was opened - the only in the USSR. By 1941, there were 41 plants in the city.

During the World War II, the city was destroyed, its economics was heavily damaged.

Nowadays, Makeevka has a lot of coal mines.

Local industries include one of the largest integrated iron and steel works in Ukraine. That’s why Makeevka is the most polluted city both in Donbas and in Ukraine on the whole.

Makeevka views

Makeevka city street

Makeevka city street

Author: Zhukov Denis

Makeevka scenery

Makeevka scenery

Author: Bezsonov Oleg

Makeevka theater

Makeevka theater

Author: Zhukov Denis


Makeevka features

Unique address system

The address system of Makeevka is the most complicated in Ukraine.

For example, there are 157 streets of identical names in various parts of the city, 65 streets repeating 3 times, 12 streets repeating 4 times, 8 streets repeating 5 times and even streets repeating 6 times (Oktyabrskaya Street) and 1 street repeating 8 times (Stepnaya Street).

There are also duplicate houses numbers on same streets, various combinations of same addresses and chaotic houses numeration. So, the only people in the city who fully understand address specificity of the city are local taxi drivers.

Places of interest

The city is actually the town-sputnik of Donetsk although it has its own distinct outlook.

As most of Donbas miners’ cities, Makeevka is a combination of separate settlements joining each other at some places.

It is a city with ancient history, about 147 architectural monuments were found on its territory.

Among them - one of the most ancient in Ukraine - a stone item used for cutting of paleolithic epoch. There are 75 burial mounds in the city left by nomad tribes: Scythian, Sarmat, Polovets and others.

Makeevka city, Ukraine photos

Makeevka scenery

Makeevka school

Makeevka school

Author: Zhukov Denis

Makeevka bank

Makeevka bank

Author: Zhukov Denis

Makeevka industry

Makeevka industry

Author: Zhukov Denis


Makeevka sights

Gribinichenko monument

Gribinichenko monument

Author: Zhukov Denis

Miners monument

Miners monument

Author: Zhukov Denis

Makeevka church

Makeevka church

Author: Zhukov Denis


Makeevka cathedral

Makeevka cathedral

Makeevka cathedral

Author: Valeriy Dudush


The comments of our visitors

Shaun Walker
Makeevka
I would like to say Makeevka appears a very nice city. I would like to add Ukranian women are very very beautiful, and I wouldn't have the nerve to ask one of these beauties out on a date. How lucky are the men to come home to these beauties. Sorry got a bit side tracked there. Bye for now. Although one day I would love to visit.

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