Luhansk is a large industrial city located on the East of Ukraine, on the confluence of the river Lugan with the river Olhovaya. The area of the city is 286 sq km, population – 430 thousand people. The town is the administrative center of Luhansk Oblast. The climate is moderately continental as in the majority of Ukrainian cities but the difference between the lowest and the highest temperature is the largest in Ukraine. Luhansk is divided into 4 districts: Zhovtnevyi, Artemovskiy, Leninskiy and Kamennobrodskiy.
In 1790 began the search of coal and ore bed and in 1975 Ekaterina the Second issued an order to found a plant near the river Lugan. Thanks to that decree Luhansk was created as the settlements of workers began to appear around the plant. It is similar to the foundation of Donetsk and other industrial Ukrainian cities. Because of the favourable geographical position the fast development of trade began in Luhansk. At the beginning of XX century Luhansk was a large industrial center of Russia, in 1918 – the capital of Donetsk-Kryvyi Rih Oblast and in 1919 it was under the power of Soviet Union. In 1935 the city was named Voroshilovgrad, during the history the town was renamed twice.
Most of the people who take Ukraine travel go to Luhansk because of business and don't know that there are also attractions. Petropavlovskiy Cathedral which is the oldest stone building of Luhansk dates back to XVIII century. Svyatovladimirskiy Cathedral is the largest cathedral in eastern Ukraine. The house-museum of a significant Russian writer and linguist Vladimir Dal' who was born in Luhansk is popular among tourists. The memorial «Sharp Tomb» is devoted to the fights of the Civil War in 1919; it is situated on the place where the fights were extremely hard.
Another advantage for those who will take Ukraine travel and want to visit Luhansk is that the airport has been recently renovated and will make you trip easier and more pleasant.