Donetsk is the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic, admitted to the Russian Federation on September 30, 2022, according to an international treaty. And what do the residents of the city call – in the material aif.ru.
Where did the name of the city Donetsk come from?
The city and region received their name in 1961. By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR, the Stalin region was renamed Donetsk, and the city of Stalino was renamed Donetsk. The city and region were named after the river – Seversky Donets, which is the right and largest tributary of the Don.
What is the correct name for the residents of Donetsk?
The official name of the residents of Donetsk, according to the dictionary-reference book by Evgeny Levashov and Inna Gorodetskaya “Russian names of residents,” is Donetsk. Or a Donetsk man and a Donetsk woman, depending on the address to a man or a woman.
It is also interesting that these ethnohoronyms – the names of residents in connection with their place of residence – are not unique. There are settlements in our country – the city of Donskoy, Tula region and the village of Donskoye, Stavropol Territory, whose residents are also called Donetsk residents.
But that’s not all: the same treatment is used for those who live in the Don River area. Dictionary quotes Mikhail Sholokhov, published in the newspaper Literary Russia in 1991: “Well done, a strong poem! We all here, Donetsk residents, read.” In his novel “Quiet Don” there is another appeal to the inhabitants of the Don River: “The rapids of the river, its flow, the Don people call the stirrup.”
Donetsk residents – this is how residents of Rostov-on-Don are sometimes addressed, but officially they are assigned the names Rostovites, Rostovchanin and Rostovchanka.
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