Korosten

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Korosten
Коростень
Flag of Korosten
Flag
Official seal of Korosten
Seal
Coordinates: 50°57′N 28°38′E / 50.950°N 28.633°E / 50.950; 28.633Coordinates: 50°57′N 28°38′E / 50.950°N 28.633°E / 50.950; 28.633
Country Ukraine
Oblast Zhytomyr
Founded 705
Area
 • Total 103 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation 171 m (561 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 65,592
Website http://www.korosten.osp-ua.info/

Korosten (Ukrainian: Ко́ростень, Russian: Ко́ростень) is a historic city and a large railway node in the Zhytomyr Oblast (province) of northern Ukraine. Serving as the administrative center of the Korosten Raion (district), the city is located on the Uzh River.

The city was founded over a millennium ago and was the capital of the Drevlyans, an ancient Slavic tribe that was later incorporated into Kievan Rus′. The name may be derived from the word korost 'brushwood, bushes, shrubbery'; the form Iskorosten' sometimes found in early sources is probably based on the common repetition of prepositions in Old Russian: iz grada iz... 'from the city from...'.[1]

Currently the city is relatively small, mainly because it is located very close to Chernobyl. After the nuclear incident, the area around the city was declared a zone of a voluntary evacuation.

Economy[edit]

Korosten Industrial Park (KIP) is an industrial zone within the city. Total area — 246 hectares (0.94 sq mi). Conceptual design of the park was developed by Czech design bureau DHV. The project envisages the creation of the territory of the KIP high-tech enterprises, enterprises of light and medium industrial production - the assembly, integration, surface processing, light engineering and electrical industries.

The project is designed for 10 years and is divided into three phases:

  • Conduct communications: roads, railway, electricity, water supply, sanitation; construction and commissioning of the plant manufacturing medium-density fibreboard (MDF) boards;
  • Construction and commissioning of small and medium industrial enterprises (perspective)
  • Construction and development of logistic center (perspective)

By October 2010 all communications are already conducted. Construction of a plant manufacturing MDF boards is almost complete. This plant will become the first manufacturer of MDF boards in Ukraine.

Potato pancakes festival[edit]

Annually on the third Saturday of September in the city park International potato pancakes (Ukrainian: деруни, translit. deruni’)festival is held.

During the festival, competitions in “potato pancakes triathlon” is held. Triathlon includes such contests:

At the festival works a potato pancakes school :experienced cooks will teach everyone to cook these pancakes.

However, the main intrigue of the festival is the competition for the tastiest pancake. Jury determines the winner. For a few hryvnias each taster can get a patent and thus become a member of the jury.

Various competitions, exhibitions, tasting traditional Polesia beverages, exhibits, performances by folk music ensembles are usually conducted.

September 25, 2010 the festival was held for the third time.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Korosten is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ E.M. Pospelov, Geograficheskie nazvaniya mira (Moscow: Russkie slovari, 1998), p. 216. The earliest references to the town, from the mid-tenth century, are на Коростень град [na Korosten' grad] 'to Korosten city,' Из града ис Коростеня [iz grada is Korostenya] 'from the city [from] Korosten,' and на Изкоростень град [na Izkorosten' grad] 'to Izkorosten city.'

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