from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A major industrial region of eastern Ukraine and southeast 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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- n. an industrial region in the Ukraine
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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.