Shostka

Summary

Coordinates: 51°52′N 33°29′E / 51.867°N 33.483°E / 51.867; 33.483

Shostka (Ukrainian: Шо́стка, pronounced [ˈʃɔstkɐ]) is a city in Sumy Oblast in the north-east of Ukraine. Shostka serves as the administrative center of Shostka Raion. It is administratively incorporated as a city of oblast significance and does not belong to the raion.

Shostka
Шостка
City
Flag of Shostka
Official seal of Shostka
Shostka is located in Sumy Oblast
Shostka
Shostka
Shostka is located in Ukraine
Shostka
Shostka
Coordinates: 51°52′N 33°29′E / 51.867°N 33.483°E / 51.867; 33.483
Country Ukraine
OblastSumy Oblast
RaionCity of Shostka
Founded18th century
Area
 • Total36 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation
171 m (561 ft)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total73,197
Websitehttp://www.shostka-rada.gov.ua/

The city lies on the Shostka River, a tributary of the Desna, from which it gets its name. Shostka is an important centre of industry: in chemicals (see Svema) and in dairy, the Shostka City Milk Plant was recently acquired by the Bel Group.

HistoryEdit

In 1739, a gunpowder factory was built there. Since that time Shostka was one of the most important gunpowder suppliers in the Russian Empire. In 1893, a branch of a nearby railroad line was built. Shostka was granted municipal rights in 1920. In 1931, a film factory was built in Shostka which was one of the main suppliers of cinema and photo film in the USSR.

During the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Shostka was besieged by Russian troops on February 24.[1] and may have been temporarily occupied. [2] During the withdrawal from the Chernihiv region and Sumy region, Russian troops left Shostka.[3]

DemographicsEdit

Shostka's population: 1926 - 8,600 inhabitants, 1959 - 39,000 inhabitants, 1970 - 64,000 inhabitants, 1979 - 80,000 inhabitants, 1984 - 84,000 inhabitants

SportsEdit

Shostka is home to the Ukrainian football team Impuls Shostka.

The city is the birthplace of Lightweight Boxer Ivan Redkach.

In popular cultureEdit

Shostka is the hometown of the fictional Mousekewitz family in the 1986 animated film An American Tail, the opening of which depicts a Cossack (and cat) raid on the town.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""We work in limited conditions, the second day — in the environment" — Shostkinsky Mayor Mykola Noga". 25 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Bericht uit een bezet Shostka: Angst, honger en verdriet". NU. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Ukraine forces control Sumy region bordering Russia". The Economic Times.

External linksEdit

  • Official website