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Luhansk is the easternmost city of Ukraine located 850 km (528 miles) to the east of the nation's capital Kiev. The city was founded in 1795 as a working settlement for the iron foundry. Luhansk has held municipal rights since September 1882.
At present, Luhansk is a big city stretching for 20 km (12.4 miles) from southwest to northeast along the River Luhanka. Two other rivers flow within the city boundaries: the Olkhovka and the Seversky Donets. The latter is the left tributary of the Don, a large Russian river flowing to the Sea of Azov.
The city covers the area of over 270 square kilometers (104 square miles).
As of December 1, 2012, the city population comprised 465,000 inhabitants.
According to the official information, the city consists of more than 1,100 blocks, squares, streets, side streets and lanes. You might not believe, but the specialists have made the conclusion that the total length of all the streets and lanes of Luhansk comprises about 900 km (559 miles), which is more than the distance from Luhansk to Kiev!
Luhansk is a member of the World Federation of Twin-Cities, and has several twin cities, among them Cardiff in Great Britain, Saint Etienne in France, Lublin in Poland, Pernik in Bulgaria.
Luhansk is perhaps one of the few cities in the world that was renamed four times within 55 years.

There are four universities, four colleges and dozens of technical and vocational schools in the city.
The three theaters: the Russian Drama Theater, the Ukrainian Drama Theater and the Puppet Theater,the concert hall, the circus, the conference centers and cinemas play a significant role in the cultural life of the city.
The two centuries of Luhansk history are reflected in the exhibits of the city museums: Vladimir Dahl's House Museum, the local lore museum, the arts museum and the city history museum.
The 450 memorials, monuments and historical sites tell us about the city's history.
There are lots of things to see here and a great number of different attractions, cafes and restaurants to visit.