HC Donbass Donetsk Oblast (previous name Shakhtar-Academiya until June 2017) is a handball club from Donetsk. The club was formed in 1983 on the base of a previous handball club called Spartak Donetsk.
|Departments of Shakhtar Donetsk|
Through the 90's the club one of the leading forces in the Ukrainian Men's Handball Super League, winning the local league 3 times, and between seasons 1994/95-2005/06 the club never finished outside the top 3. The club also had success on the international arena, reaching the final of the EHF Cup in 1995/96.
After season 2005/06, the club started experiencing financial difficulties, and in season 2011/12 the club finished last in the league and was relegated. In the second league, in season 2012/13, the club managed to finish first and returned to the top tier.
Ukrainian Handball Super League Winners (3): 1996, 1997, 2002 Runner-Up (1): 2004
EHF Cup Runner-Up (1): 1995/96