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.