from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A major industrial region of eastern Ukraine and southwest Russia north of the Sea of Azov and west of the Donets River. Developed after the 1870s, it is one of the densest industrial concentrations in the world.
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- noun an industrial region in the Ukraine
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They planned to break through across the Don near Sefiramovich and at Kras-noarmeysk, south of Stalingrad; launch an attack with the two army groups assembled north and west of Stalingrad; and advance on both sides of the Don by Army Group Southern Front toward Rostov and the Donets Basin.
With the capture of the Crimea and Rostov, the 11th Army would create a base from which Feldmarschall von Rundstedt could overrun the Donets Basin and subsequently advance to Stalingrad and Astrakhan.
Over a million locals and prisoners of war were forced into labor in the Ukrainian coal mines in the Donbas region (Donets Basin).