Railway station in Chop
|• Mayor||Galina Car|
|Elevation||101-108 m (−253 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+380 22|
|Sister cities||Milove (Ukraine)
Sokołów Małopolski, (Poland)
Chop (Ukrainian: Чоп) is a city located in the Zakarpattia Oblast (province) of western Ukraine, near the borders of Slovakia and Hungary. It is separated from the Hungarian town of Záhony by the river Tisza. It is designated as a city of oblast importance - not included in any raion (district) of the oblast.
Like the rest of Trans-Carpathian Ukraine, Csap (as it was then known) was part of Hungary until 1920, when, as a result of the post-WWI Treaty of Trianon, it was included in the newly created Czechoslovakia, where it belonged to Slovakia, not to Subcarpathian Rus. During World War II, under the First Vienna Award, it briefly became Hungarian again. But, after the war, as part of the outcome of the Yalta Conference, it became part of the expanded Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Ukraine), adopting the Ukrainian version of its name, 'Чоп' (usually transliterated as 'Chop' in English).
Chop is an important railway junction in Ukraine where the Lviv-Stryi-Budapest railway line meets the Lviv-Uzhgorod-Košice line. There is also a line running eastwards to Romania via Korolevo and Halmeu although there are currently no regular passenger services.
Near Chop, there are also international railway and highway border crossings to Hungary and Slovakia and also to the westernmost point of Ukraine. The first town across the border in Slovakia is Čierna nad Tisou while in Hungary, the first city is Záhony.
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