Artemivsk or Artemovsk ( _uk. Артемівськ, _ru. Артемовск, formerly: Bachmut) is a city in the Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Artemivsky Raion. It is located on the Bachmutka River about 89 km away from the administrative center of the Donetsk Oblast, Donetsk. As of 2005, its population is 80,655.


The Artemivsk Winery is also located in the city. The Royal family of England uses this champagne for official occasions. The Artyomsol salt mine is located in the suburb of Soledar, which contains the world's largest underground room. It is large enough that a hot air balloon has been floated inside, symphonies have been played before, and two professional soccer matches have been held at the same time. It is large enough to fit Notre Dame inside with room to spare.


The highways of Kharkiv-Rostov and Donetsk-Kiev run through Artemivsk. The towns of Chasiv Yar and Soledar are included in the Artemivsk municipality. The city has a public transport system consisting of a network of trolleybuses and buses.


The city was founded in 1571 and received city status in 1783. In 1924 the city's name was changed from Bachmut, named for the river it is located on, to Artemivsk in honour of Artem, a Russian revolutionary figure.

External links

* [ Official Artemivsk city administration site]

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