|"City of regional significance|
|Krasnodon / Sorokyne|
|Founded||1914 as Sorokino|
|• "Mayor||Yuri Borisovich Baklagov |
|• Total||77.33 km2 (29.86 sq mi)|
|"Area code(s)||+380 6435|
Krasnodon ("Ukrainian, "Russian: Краснодон) is a "city in "Luhansk Oblast ("region) of eastern "Ukraine. It is incorporated as a "city of oblast significance and serves as the administrative center of "Krasnodon Raion ("district), though it does not belong to the raion. Its population is approximately 43,683 (2017 est.).
Population of Krasnodon in 1972 was 70,400, in 1989 it was around 53,000, in 2001 it was 49,921.
In 2016 the city was renamed into Sorokyne ("Ukrainian: Сорокине; "Russian: Сорокино) as part of "decommunization in Ukraine. The city's name change process is temporarily suspended as it not fully controlled by the government of Ukraine.
Krasnodon was established in 1914 along the banks of the Velyka Kamyanka, a tributary of the "Seversky Donets River, as the settlement of Sorokino.["citation needed] It soon became one of the centers of the "coal mining industry of the "Donbass region.["citation needed] By the Decision of the "Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, on 28 October 1938 it was renamed to Krasnodon.["citation needed]
During the "German-Soviet War, Krasnodon was occupied by "Nazi Germany from July 20, 1942 to February 14, 1943.["citation needed] The Soviet "Komsomol organization resistance "Young Guard operated in the city from October 1942 to January 1943, when most of its members were arrested and executed.["citation needed] The Young Guard are commemorated with monuments and a "memorial complex in Krasnodon.["citation needed]
Since 2014, Krasnodon has been controlled by the "Luhansk People's Republic and not by Ukrainian authorities. "NATO released satellite data from 21 August 2014 and confirmed it showed a large column of armoured vehicles crossing into Ukraine from Russia through Krasnodon.