Regular readers will remember that I wrote about Hughesovka in 2007 (passim). Hughesovska became Stalino in 1924. It took on its modern title, Donetsk, in 1961.
The city of Donetsk was founded in 1869 by Welsh businessman John Hughes, a Merthyr Tydfil boy.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR or DNR; Russian: Донецкая Народная Республика, tr. Donetskaya Narodnaya Respublika, IPA: [dɐˈnʲetskəjə nɐˈrodnəjə rʲɪˈspublʲɪkə]) is a breakaway puppet quasi-state proclaimed within the territory of Ukraine, which is militarily occupied by Russia and Russian-backed separatists. The DPR claims the entirety of Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast within the Donbas region as its territory. The capital city of the DPR is Donetsk, which is also the de jure capital of the oblast.
The world is a very strange place.