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

Shostka

Шостка
City
Flag of Shostka
Flag
Official seal of Shostka
Seal
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
Oblast Sumy Oblast
RaionCity of Shostka
Founded18th century
Area
 • Total36 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation
171 m (561 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total77,134
Websitehttp://www.shostka-rada.gov.ua/

Shostka (Ukrainian: Шостка) 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. Population: 77,134 (2015 est.)[1]

The town 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

Shostka started out as a village at the beginning of the 17th century for Ukrainian Cossacks which were based there. 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.

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.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 1 July 2016.

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