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Perevolochna (Ukrainian: Переволочна) was a former fortress and town in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Cossack Hetmanate, later a village in Poltava Oblast. It was situated at the bank of the Dnepr near the mouth of Vorskla River,[1] where a ford enabled people to cross the river, hence its name.[2]


Perevolochna was founded at the turn of the 13th to 14th century by the Lithuanian Great Duke Vitaut as a fortified settlement in order to protect his empire against enemies from the East.

Again Perevolochna is mentioned in 1640s belonging to Yuri Nemyrych (Jerzy Niemirycz), but which was also claimed by Potocki family.[1] Since the start of Khmelnytsky Uprising, the town belonged to Chyryn Regiment, since 1661 it was part of Kremenchuk Regiment.[1] Since mid 1660s it belonged to Poltava Regiment.[1] Claims to Perevolochna laid the Zaporizhia Sich.[1] Role of the town has increased from mid 1680s being the main fort on the Crimean direction.[1]

In April of 1709 Russian forces burned down Perevolochna.[1] On July 11, 1709, three days after the Swedish army had been defeated at the Battle of Poltava, the remainder of the Swedish army under General Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt surrendered at Perevolochna to Russian Empire General Aleksandr Menshikov near Perevolochna.[3] King Charles XII of Sweden, hetman Ivan Mazepa and Kost Hordiienko with 3,000 Swedes and Cossacks managed to cross the Dnieper river and take refuge into Turkish-held Moldavia.

On maps of 1730s Perevolochna fortress is shown on Dnieper river just north of the Ukrainian fortification line.

After the loss of Russia at the Pruth River Campaign, the fortress again became the key place of Southern frontier.[1] It also played great role during the Russo-Turkish War of 1735–1739.[1] In 1760s Perevolochna lost its city status, while in 1785 Perevolochna fortress was liquidated.[1]

Since 1802 it was a town within Kobeliaky county, Poltava Governorate.[1] Since 1919 Perevolochna was a village.[1]

During the World War II at the end of September of 1943 the Soviet army stormed Dnieper near Perevolochna.[3][4]

Until being flooded by the Soivet government with creation of the Dniprodzerzhynsk reservoir (today Kamianske Reservoir) in the middle of the 1960s,[1] it belonged to Kobeliaky Raion (district) of Poltava Oblast (province) of Ukraine. On 6 December 1963 population of Perevolochna and Kyshenky was moved to the newly established village of Svitlohirske, while the submerged settlements were excluded from record.[1][5]