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Travel alert: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and all but essential travel to the Kharkiv region, due to increased tensions in eastern Ukraine. Please check with your relevant national government.

Introducing Donetsk

Donetsk is a peculiar case of a coal troll working hard to become Ukraine's Prince Charming. Although industrial and Soviet to its core – mines and slag heaps in full view – it has a pleasant southern feel thanks to nicely redeveloped pedestrian promenades, parks and the city's trademark rose beds.The capital of the Donbass coal-mining region, Donetsk is associated with money, power and football. President Viktor Yanukovych and Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov both hail from here. The latter owns the local football club – naturally, the best in Ukraine. Donetsk was founded by Welshman John Hughes and originally named 'Yuzovka' after him – hence the local obsession with all things British reflected in the names of restaurants and hotels.