July 11, 2015: A delegation from Antratsyt
(Lugansk Peoples' Republic) led by mayor Andreenko are seeking to boost ties with Rostov Oblast businesses. Mayor Vladimir Prasolov met with the guests from Taganrog's sister city on July 9, 2015. Among the partakers from Antratsyt
were: mayor Anatoly Andreenko, deputy mayor Vasily Zinchenko, deputy mayor Alexander Lynkov and military governor Igor Nesterov.
Taganrog side was represented by Mayor Vladimir Prasolov, foreign relations officer Alexander Mirgorodskiy, leader of the local Ukrainian National Cultural Autonomy (NCA) Yevgeny Zalyalov, social welfare officer Galina Stroikova, director of Taganrog board of education Valentin Bobnev and several business people.
The two sides discussed the possibilities for further cultural and business cooperation. At the closing of the meeting, Anatoly Andreenko awarded representatives of Taganrog local government with letters of commendation in recognition of humanitarian aid provided by the city in difficult times of armed conflict between the self-proclaimed Lugansk Peoples' Republic and the Ukraine.
The city of Antratsyt
is in Lugansk Peoples' Republic. The population is currently 80 thousand people of 50 nationalities. In 1877 Anton Chekhov
visited the place, which he called "The Don Switzerland". Until October 1917 the area was part of Taganrog District of Don Voisko Province.