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Reni (Ukrainian: Рені; Romanian: Reni; Russian: Рени) is a small city in Odessa Oblast (province) of south Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Reni Raion (district), and is located in the Bessarabian historic district of Budjak. Reni lies on the left bank of the Danube. The settlement was founded around 1548, acquiring city status in 1821. Population: 19,109 (2015 est.)[1]


Memorial in Reni 01.jpg
Flag of Reni
Coat of arms of Reni
Coat of arms
Reni is located in Odessa Oblast
Location of Reni in Odessa Oblast
Reni is located in Ukraine
Reni (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 45°27′27″N 28°16′16″E / 45.45750°N 28.27111°E / 45.45750; 28.27111Coordinates: 45°27′27″N 28°16′16″E / 45.45750°N 28.27111°E / 45.45750; 28.27111
Country Ukraine
Region Odessa Oblast
DistrictReni Raion
 • City Head/MayorIgor Plegov
 • Total393 km2 (152 sq mi)
 • Total19,109
 • Density49,6/km2 (1,280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+380 4840

The town has a population of 20 481. 43,36% of them are ethnic Moldovans, Ukrainians – 30,54%, Russians – 12,5%, Gagauz – 1,52%, Bulgarians – 1,35%, other – 0,13%.

The surrounding Reni Raion includes some 38,000 people (including those in the town), 49% of them ethnic Moldovans, 18% Ukrainians, 15% Russians, 8.5% Bulgarians and 8% Gagauz.[2]

A railway linking Moldova and Romania passes through Reni, since the city was a part of Romania prior to 1947, when it was claimed by the Soviet Union. There are six schools, one filial branch of the Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, and three Ukrainian Orthodox church buildings. It is also home to the 'Light of the World' church, which has been working to help the local community for the past 21 years, let by Ockert Potgieter and his wife Michelle [3]


Historical affiliations

  Principality of Moldavia 1548–1812
  Russian Empire 1812–1856
  Principality of Moldavia 1856–1859
  Romanian United Principalities 1859–1878
  Russian Empire 1878–1917
  Moldavian Democratic Republic 1917–1918
  Kingdom of Romania 1918–1940
  Soviet Union 1940–1941
  Kingdom of Romania 1941–1944
  Soviet Union 1944–1991
  Ukraine 1991–present

Pre-war Romanian coat of arms of Reni



  • Pavel Ciobanu, Moldovan soccer player
  • Dmitry Zaets Reni's painter


  1. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ 2001 All Ukrainian population census results for Odessa Region Archived 2009-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
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