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Old Fire Tower, Mariupol City Theater, Skyline
Mariupol City Municipality
|• Mayor||Yuri Khotlubey|
|• Total||244 km2 (94 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,058/km2 (5,330/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||+380 629|
Mariupol (Ukrainian: Маріу́поль, Маріюпіль, Russian: Мариу́поль [mərʲɪˈupəlʲ]; Greek: Μαριούπολη, Marioupoli) is a city of oblast significance in southeastern Ukraine, situated on the north coast of the Sea of Azov at the mouth of the Kalmius river. It is the tenth-largest city in Ukraine and the second largest in the Donetsk Oblast. Population: 461,810 (2013 est.).
Mariupol was founded on the site of a former Cossack encampment named Kalmius. It was granted city rights in 1778. Mariupol has been a centre for the grain trade, metallurgy, and heavy engineering. The Ilyich Steel & Iron Works and Azovstal propelled Mariupol onto the European stage in the 20th century as one of the largest and most productive plants.[clarification needed] Mariupol played a key role in the industrialization of Ukraine. Between 1948-1989 the city was known as Zhdanov due to the Soviet authorities frequently renaming cities after communist leaders. Today, Mariupol remains a centre for industry, as well as higher education and business, a legal centre,[clarification needed] and the economic engine of Pryazovia.
- 1 History
- 2 City features
- 3 Administrative division
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Geography and ecology
- 6 Government and politics
- 7 Economy
- 8 Culture
- 9 Education
- 10 Public organizations
- 11 Health service
- 12 Notable people
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
During the late Middle Ages through the early modern period, here taken from the 12th through the 16th century, Mariupol lay within the a broader region that was largely devastated and depopulated through intense conflict among surrounding peoples, including the Crimean Tatars, the Nogai Horde, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and Muscovy. By the middle of the 15th century much of the region north of the Black Sea and Azov Sea was annexed to the Crimean Khanate and became a dependency of the Ottoman Empire. East of the Dnieper river marked a desolate steppe, stretching to the sea of Azov, where the lack of water made early settlement precarious, and, lying near the Kalmius trail, the region was subject to frequent raids and plundering by the Tartars tribes which prevented the area’s permanent settlement, keeping it sparsely populated or an entirely uninhabited no-man’s land under Tartar rule; hence it was known as the Wild Fields or the 'Deserted Plains ' (Lat. Campi Deserti).
In this region of the Eurasian steppelands the Cossacks emerged as a distinct peoples in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Below the Dnieper Rapids were the Zaporozhian Cassocks, composed of freebooters organized into small, loosely-knit, as well as highly mobile groups that practiced both pastoral and nomadic living. They and the other surrounding peoples would regularly penetrate the steppe for fishing and hunting as well for migratory farming and herding of livestock. Their independence from governmental and landowner authority attracted and enlisted large numbers of fugitive peasants and serfs fleeing Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Muscovy.
The isolation of the region was increased further by the Treaty of Constantinople of 1700 that provided that should be no settlements or fortifications on the coast of the Azov Sea to the mouth of the Mius River. Moreover, in 1709 in response to a Cossack alliance with Sweden against Russia, Tsar Peter the Great ordered the destruction of the Zaporozhian central stockade (Sich) and their complete expulsion from the area, without allowance for their return. In 1733, however, Russia was preparing for a new military campaign against the Ottoman Empire, so it allowed the return of the Zaporozhians. The result was the Agreement of Lubny of 1734. Under the terms, the Zaporozhians regained all their former lands and, in return, they were to serve in the Russian army during war time. They were also permitted to build a new stockade on the Dnieper River (called New Sich), though the terms prohibited them from erecting fortifications, allowing only for living quarters (kureni).
The Zaporozhian’s Kalmiusskya district border did not extend to the mouth of the Kalmius River, although this area had been part of its migratory territory. After 1736, the Zaporozhian and the Don Cassocks (whose capital was at nearby Novoazivsk,) came into conflict over the area, resulting in Tsarina Elizabeth issuing a decree in 1746 marking the Kalmius River as the divide between the two Cossack hosts.
After the Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774), the great influx of Orthodox Greeks from Crimea to the area caused the local population growth. The governor of Azov Governorate Chertkov who planned the new city of Pavlovsk was reporting to Grigory Potemkin that in its place existed another fortress of Domakha (with the already standing Kalmius Fortress). At that time the city was named Marianοpol (Greek: Μαριανόπολη) of Kalmius County. For the Russian authorities the city was named after the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, but de facto the city was named after the Greek settlement of Mariampol that was a suburb of Bakhchisaray, the name of which derived from the Hodegetria icon of the Holy Theotokos and Virgin Mary.
In 1782 it was an administrative seat of the county in the Azov Governorate of the Russian Empire with a population of 2948 inhabitants. In the early 19th century the customs, a church-parish school, the port authorities building, an county religious school, and two privately founded girls' schools appear in the city. In the 1850s the population grew to 4600 and the city had 120 shops and 15 wine cellars.
After construction of the railway line from Yuzovka in 1882, much of the wheat grown in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate and coal from the Donets Basin were exported via the port of Mariupol (the second largest after Odessa in the South Russian Empire), which served as a key funding source for opening a hospital, public library, electric power station, and urban water supply system.
Mariupol remained a local trading center until 1898, when the Belgian subsidiary SA Providence Russe opened a steelworks in Sartana near Mariupol (now the Ilyich Steel & Iron Works). The company incurred heavy losses and by 1902 went into bankruptcy, owing 6 million francs to the Providence company and needing to be re-financed by the Banque de l'Union Parisienne. The mills brought cultural diversity to Mariupol as immigrants, mostly peasants from all over empire, moved to the city looking for a job and a better life. The number of workers employed increased to 5400 persons.
In 1933 a new steelworks (Azovstal) was built along the Kalmius river.
From 1948 to 1989 the city was named Zhdanov after the Soviet politician Andrei Zhdanov.
Current civil conflict
Following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, pro-Russian and anti-revolution protests erupted across eastern Ukraine. This unrest later evolved into a war between the Ukrainian government and the separatist forces of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR). In May of that year, a battle between the two sides broke out in Mariupol after it briefly came under DPR control. The city was eventually recaptured by government forces, and on 13 June Mariupol was proclaimed the temporary capital of Donetsk Oblast until the city of Donetsk could be recaptured.
The city remained peaceful until the end of August, when an offensive by pro-Russian forces from the east came within 16 kilometres (10 mi) of it. A ceasefire between the two sides was agreed to on 5 September, halting that offensive. Despite this ceasefire, minor skirmishes continued on the outskirts of Mariupol in the following months. To protect the city, government forces established three defence lines on its outskirts, deployed heavy artillery, and large amounts of army and national guard troops.
According to OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, on January 24 Grad rockets fired from positions occupied by rebel forces dropped on populated areas of Mariupol killing 30 people. "...the Grad rockets originated from northwestern direction... and the Uragan rockets from an easterly direction, both controlled by the 'Donetsk People's Republic'..." 
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Old Mariupol, which is an area defined by the coast of the Sea of Azov to the south, by the Kalmius River to the east, to the north by Shevchenko Boulevard, and to the west by Metalurhiv Avenue, is built up mainly of a few storey houses and has kept its pre-revolutionary architecture. Only Artem Street and Lenin Avenue were built after the Great Patriotic War and are considered modern buildings.
The central area of Mariupol (from Metalurhiv Avenue up to Budivelnykiv Avenue) is made up almost entirely of administrative and commercial buildings, including a city council building, post office, the Lukov cinema, Mariupol Humanitarian University, Priazov State Technical University, the Korolenko central city library, and many large shops.
The architecture of other residential areas ("Zakhidny", "Skhidny", "Kirov", "Cheremushky", 5th, 17th catchment area, etc.) is not particularly distinct or original and consists of typical 5- or 9-storey houses. The term "Cheremushki" carries a special meaning in Russian culture and now also in Ukrainian; it usually refers to the newly settled parts of a city.
The city's residential area comprises 9.82 million square meters. The population density is 19.3 square meters per inhabitant. The share of privatized housing in 2003 was 76.3%.
- Avenues ("Prospects"): Lenin (the central highway), Metalurhiv ("Metallurgists", one connects three right-bank areas of city), Budivelnykiv ("Builders"), Ilyich (after Vladimir Ilyich Lenin), Nakhimov, Peremohy ("Victory"), Lunin (after admiral Lunin), Leningradsky (in Ordzhonikidzivsky Raion)
- Streets ("Vulitsi"): Artem, Torhova ("Trading"), Apatov, Kuprin, Uritsky, Bakhchivandzhi, Gagarin, Karpinsky, Mamin-Sibiryak, Taganrog, Olympic, Azovstal, Makar Mazay, Karl Libknekht
- Boulevards: Shevchenko, Komsomol, Prymore (Sea), Khmelnytsky, etc.
- Squares ("Ploscha"): Administrative ("Administrative"), Nezalezhnosti ("Independence"), Peremohy ("Victory"), Mashinobudivnykiv ("Mechanical engineers"), Lenin's Komsomol, Vyzvolennia ("Liberation").
In December 1991, by a decision of the city council of Mariupol, the following streets in an old part of the city reverted to their pre-revolutionary names:
- First of May Street – Heorhiyevska Street
- Third International Street – Torhova Street
- Apatov Street (a part – to the east from the Metalurhiv Avenue) – Italian Street
- Donbass Street – Mykolaivska Street
- Ivan Franko Street – Fontanna Street
- Karl Libknekht Street (a part – to the east from the Metalurhiv Avenue) – Mitropolit Street
- Karl Marx Street – Greek Street
- Komsomol Street – Yevpatoriya Street
- Krasnoarmeyskaya Street – Gotfeyska Street
- Kuindzhi Street – Karasivska Street
- Proletarian Street – Kaffayska Street
- Rose Luxembourg Street – Zemska Street
- Soviet Street – Harlampiy Street
Between 1990 to 2000 the following streets and areas changed their names:
- Sergo Street – Jacob Gugel' Street (in Ordzhonikidzivsky Raion) – in honour of the head of construction and the first director of "Azovstal"
- Republic Lane – University Street (in city centre)
- Constitution Square – Mashinobudivnykiv ("Mechanical engineers") Square
- Square near to "Neptune" swimming pool – Nezalezhnosti ("Independence") Square
See also the list of streets and squares of Mariupol.
- City Square (« the Theatrical Square »)
- Extreme Park (new attractions near to the biggest in city of the Palace of Culture of Metallurgists)
- Gurov's Meadow-park (former Meadow-park a name of the 200-anniversary of Mariupol)
- City Garden (Russian: Горсад, «Children's Central Public Garden»)
- Veselka Park (Ordzhonikidzivsky Raion), named as the rainbow
- Azovstal Park (Ordzhonikidzivsky Raion)
- Petrovsky Park (near the modern stadium "Illyichivets" and constructions of "Azovmash" basketball club, Illyichivsky Raion)
- Primorsky Park (Prymorsky Raion)
Mariupol has monuments to Taras Shevchenko, Vladimir Vysotsky, Kuindzhi, Vladimir Lenin, and many other famous persons. Monuments in honour of the liberation of Donbass, the metallurgists, and others can also be found in the city.
There are also monuments to Makar Maza, Hryhoriy Yuriyovych Horban, K.P. Apatov, Tolya Balabukha, to seamen – commandos, pilots V.G. Semenyshyn and N.E. Lavytsky, to soldiers of the Soviet 9th Aviation Division, to victims of political repressions of 1930–1950, etc. During the Soviet period the central square of the city featured a monument to Andrei Zhdanov after whom the city was named for many years (1948-1990). The artists V. Konstantynov and L. Kuzminkov are the sculptors of some of the monuments, including the monument to Metropolitan Ignatiy, the founder of Mariupol.
Holidays exclusive to Mariupol include:
- Day of liberation of the city from fascist aggressors (on September 10)
- Day of the city (the Sunday after the day of liberation of Mariupol in September)
- Day of the metallurgist – a professional holiday for many citizens
- Day of the machine engineer
- Day of the seaman and other professional holidays
Hotels and night-clubs
Hotels in the city include Grand Hotel, Spartak, Guest Villa "Horosho", Nash Kutochok, Moryak, Chaika, Iris Hotel, and Brigantina.
Night-clubs in the city include Barbaris, Zebra, Coral, Imperial, Private club "Yes", Egoist, El Gusto, Holiday Romance, Ledo, Crazy Maam, and Divan.
Coat of arms
The modern coat of arms of Mariupol was confirmed in 1989. It is described in heraldic terms as: Per fess wavy argent and azure, on an anchor or, accompanied by the figure 1778 of the last. The gold anchor has a ring on top. The number 1778 indicates the year of the city’s founding. The argent represents steel; the azure, the sea; the anchor, the port; and the ring, metallurgy.
Mariupol is divided into four neighborhoods or "raions".
- Ilyichivsky Raion (after Vladimir Ilyich Lenin ) is the northern part of the city, the largest and most industrialized neighborhood in the city. It is commonly known as Zavod ("Factory") of Ilyich.
- Ordzhonikidzivsky Raion (after Sergo Ordzhonikidze) is the eastern part of the city, on the left bank of the river Kalmius. Its common name is the Left Bank.
- Prymorsky Raion is the southern area of the city, on the coast of the Azov Sea. The everyday name of the central part this neighbourhood is simply "Port".
- Zhovtnevy Raion (Russian: Oktyabrsky, after the Great October Revolution in 1917) is the central city raion. Its everyday name is simply "the Centre" or "the City".
The Kalmius river separates the Ordzhonekidzivsky Raion from the remaining three raions. The population is mostly concentrated in the Zhovtnevy and the Prymorsky Raions. The Ilyichivsky Raion houses the large Ilyich's steel mill and the Azovmash manufacturing plant. The Ordzhonekidzivsky (Left Bank) is home to the Azovstal metallurgic combine and the Koksohim factory. The map also shows that the settlements of Stary Krym and Sartana are located in close proximity to the city limits of Mariupol.
As of June 1, 2010, the city's population was 490,063. Over the last century the population has grown nearly twelvefold. The city is populated by Ukrainians, Russians, Pontic Greeks (including Tatar- and Turkish-speaking but Christian Orthodox Urums), Belarusians, Armenians, Jews, etc. The main language is Russian.
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The population in 2007 was estimated at 496,700 for the city and 502,800 when including the subordinated territories (settlement Sartana, settlement Talakivka, settlement Stary Krym, village Hnutove, and village Lomakine). Its annual population drop has been 1.9%. The death rate is 15.5%.
Ethnic Ukrainians make up the largest percentage but less than half of the population; the second greatest ethnicity is Russian. The city is home to the largest population of Pontic Greeks in Ukraine ("Greeks of Priazovye") at 21,900, with 31,400 more in the six nearby rural areas, totaling about 70% of the Pontic Greek population of the area and 60% for the country.
Ethnic structure in 2002
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There is a large number of Greek-speaking people in the city, but the city is predominantly Russian speaking. From 60% to 80% of Ukrainian-language dwellers communicate through so-called Surzhyk, due to the large influence of Russian culture.
Most Greek-speaking villages in the region speak a dialect called Rumeíka, that is, a branch of Pontic Greek. About 17 villages speak this language today. Modern scholars distinguish five subdialects of Rumeíka according to their similarity to standard Modern Greek. This was derived from the dialect of the original Pontic settlers from the Crimea. Although Rumeíka is often described as a Pontic dialect, the situation is more nuanced.
Arguments can be brought both for Rumeíka's similarity to Pontic Greek and to the Northern Greek dialects.
In the view of Maxim Kisilier, while the Rumeíka dialect shares some features with both the Pontic Greek and the Northern Greek dialects, it is better to be considered on its own terms as a separate Greek dialect, or even a group of dialects.
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Along with those speaking Rumeíka, there were and are a number of Tatar speaking Orthodox villages, the so-called Urums, which is the Tatar term for Romaios or Rumei. This subdivision had already occurred in Crimea before the settlement of the Azov Sea steppe region by Greeks which started in 1779, as part of the Russian policy to populate and develop the region while depriving the Crimea of an economically active part of its population.
Though Greek and Tatar-speaking settlers live separately, the language of the Urums was the lingua franca of the region for a long time, being called the language of the bazaar. There are a number of settlements of other communities also, including Germans, Bulgarians, and Albanians (though the meanings of all such terms in this context is open to dispute).
After the October Revolution of 1917, a Rumaiic revival occurred in the region. The Soviet administration established a Greek-Rumaiic theater, several magazines and a newspaper, and a number of Rumaiic language schools. The best Rumaiic poet Georgi Kostoprav created a Rumaiic poetic language for his work. This process was reversed in 1937 as Kostoprav and many other Rumaiics and Urums were killed as part of Joseph Stalin's national policies. A large percentage of the population was transported to Gulags.
A new attempt to preserve a sense of ethnic Rumaiic identity started in the mid-1980s. The Ukrainian scholar Andriy Biletsky created a new Slavonic alphabet for Greek speakers. Though a number of writers and poets make use of this alphabet, the population of the region rarely uses it. The Rumaiic language is declining rapidly, most endangered by the standard Modern Greek which is taught in schools and the local university. The latest investigations by Alexandra Gromova demonstrate that there is still hope that elements of the Rumaiic population will continue to use the dialect.
Language structure in 2002
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About 59% of the people whose occupation is in a national economy work in industry and 11% of them in transportation. As of July 1, 2009, the official rate of unemployment in the city stood at 2%. The figure, however, only includes people registered as "unemployed" in the local job center. The real unemployment rate is therefore higher.
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* – as of July 1
Geography and ecology
Mariupol is to the south of the Donetsk area, on the coast of the Azov Sea, in a mouth of the river Kalmius. The city occupies an area of 166.0² (64 mi²) [with suburbs, i.e., the territories subordinated to the Mariupol city council, 244.0 km² (94.2 mi²)]. The downtown area is 106.0 km² (40.9 mi²), while the area of parks and gardens is 80.6 km² (31.1 mi²). The city is mainly built on land that is made of Solonetzic chernozems, with a significant amount of underground subsoil waters that frequently leads to landslides.
Mariupol has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with warm summers and cold winters. The average annual precipitation is 511 millimetres (20 in). Agroclimatic conditions allow the cultivation in suburbs of Mariupol thermophilic agricultural crops with long vegetative periods (sunflower, melons, grapes, etc.). However water resources in the region are insufficient, and consequently ponds and water basins are used for the needs of the population and industry.
In the winter, the wind direction is mainly east, while in the summer, the wind is from the north.
|Climate data for Mariupol (1955–2011)|
|Record high °C (°F)||20.0
|Average high °C (°F)||−0.8
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−3.3
|Average low °C (°F)||−5.9
|Record low °C (°F)||−26.6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||35.1
|Avg. precipitation days||17.7||14.9||15.4||10.4||8.1||8.0||5.2||4.1||6.9||9.5||12.7||15.9||128.8|
Mariupol leads Ukraine in the volume of emissions of harmful substances by industrial enterprises. Recently, the city's leading enterprises have begun to address the ecological problems. Thus, over the last 15 years industrial emissions have fallen nearly in half.
Due to stable production in the majority of the large enterprises, the city constantly experiences environmental problems. At the end of the 1970s, Zhdanov (Mariupol) ranked third in the USSR (after Novokuznetsk and Magnitogorsk) in the quantity of industrial emissions. In 1989, including all enterprises, the city had 5,215 sources of atmospheric pollution producing 752,900 tons of harmful substances a year (about 98% from metallurgical enterprises and "Markokhim"). Even given some easing of the maximum-permissible concentrations (maximum concentration limit) in the state's industrial activity (in the middle of the 1990s), many pollution limits were still exceeded:
In the residential areas adjoining the industrial giants, concentrations of benzapiren reach 6–9 times the maximum concentration limits; fluoric hydrogen, ammonia, and formaldehyde reach 2–3 to 5 times the maximum concentration limits; dust and oxides of carbon, and hydrogen sulphide are 6-8 times the maximum concentration limits; and dioxides of nitrogen are 2-3 times the maximum concentration limits. The maximum concentration limit has been exceed on phenol by 17x, and on benzapiren by 13-14x.
Ill-considered arrangements of the construction platforms of Azovstal and Markokhim (an economy in transport charges was assumed, both during construction in the 30s and during the subsequent operation) have led to extensive wind-borne emissions into the central areas of Mariupol. Wind intensity and geographical "flatness" offer relief from the accumulation of longstanding pollutants, somewhat easing the problem.
The nearby Sea of Azov is in distress. The catch of fish in the area has been reduced by orders of magnitude over the last 30–40 years.
The environmental protection activity of the leading enterprises in Mariupol costs millions of hrivnas, but it appears to have little effect on the city's long-standing environmental problems.
Government and politics
The Mariupol population traditionally supports the left and pro-Russian political forces. On last parliamentary elections (2006) city has voted for Party of Regions – 39,72% of votes, Socialist Party of Ukraine – 20,38%, Natalia Vitrenko Block – 9,53%, Communist Party of Ukraine – 3,29%.
Mayor of city (chairman, "head", cities and chairman of executive committee of city council) – Yuri Yuriyovych Khotlubey.
Mariupol in Verkhovna Rada is represented with four People's Deputies:
- Volodymyr Semenovych Boyko – the chapter (head) of the board Ilyich Mariupol Iron and Steel Works, the Hero of Ukraine.
- Serhiy Anatoliovych Matviyenkov – the representative Ilyich Mariupol Iron and Steel Works
- Dmytro Arnoldovych Livshyts – the representative of "Azovstal Iron and Steel Works"
- Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Savchuk – the representative of Machine-building Concern "Azovmash"
The city traditionally supports the left and pro-Russian political forces in Ukraine. In the presidential elections of 2004 the city voted for Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych (91.1%) and for Viktor Andriyovych Yuschenko (5.93%).
In Mariupol there are 56 industrial enterprises under various patterns of ownership. The industry of the city is diverse, among which the city's heavy industry is dominant. Mariupol is home to the major steel mills (including some globally important) and chemical plants; there is also an important seaport and a railroad junction. The largest enterprises are Ilyich Iron and Steel Works, Azovstal, Concern Azovmash, and the Mariupol Sea Trading Port. There are also shipyards, fish canneries, and the various educational institutions relating to the study of metallurgy and science.
The total industrial production of the city for eight months in 2005 (January – August) was 21378.2 million hryvnas (4.233 billion USD), compared to 1999 – 6169.806 million hryvnas (1.222 billion USD). This is 37.5% of the total production for Donetsk Oblast. The leading business of the city is in ferrous metallurgy, which makes up 93.5% of the city's income from industrial production. The output estimates in millions tones of iron, steel, rolled iron, and agglomerate annually.
- Open Society Ilyich Mariupol steel and iron works (Mariupol Metallurgical Combine named Ilyich) is an integrated mill, with all the facilities for a full metallurgical cycle. Housing around 100 thousand of workers, in Ukraine it is the second in size only after Kryvorizhstal. The company is the collective property of the society of tenants (Joint-Stock Company "Ilyich-steel"; with about 37,000 worker-shareholders). The head of the board of enterprise is the People's Deputy, Volodymyr Boyko. The enterprise has many structural divisions: Management of public catering and trade ("УОПТ", a network of 52 enterprises), a chemist's network Ilyich-Pharm, more than 50 agro shops (former collective farms of the south of Donetsk and Zaporizhia Oblasts), the office of the Komsomol Mines, various machine-building enterprises in the Cherkasy Oblast, Mariupol International Airport, and the Mariupol Television Network (locally known as MTV).
- Open Society Azovstal is another integrated mill ("Combine"), the third largest in Ukraine in terms of gross revenue. Its production varies in millions of tones of pig-iron, steel, and rolled iron annually. The company's general director is Oleksiy Bilyi. Azovstal is closely connected with the Mariupol coke works "Markokhim", which serves as the supplier of coke.
- Open Society Azovmash (Concern) is the largest machine-building enterprise in Ukraine specialising in production of equipment for mining-metallurgical complexes, tank cars, port cranes, boilers, fuel-fillers etc. The President is Oleksandr Savchuk. The enterprise formally owned by state was privatised by System Capital Management, a Donetsk financial and economic group.
- Azov ship-repair factory (АСРЗ) is the largest enterprise of its class on the Sea of Azov, also owned by System Capital Management.
- Open Society Mariupol sea trading port is the largest sea post in the eastern Ukraine through which is accomplished a great deal of transportations of various products such as coal, metal, products of mechanical engineering, varieties of ores and grains from and to different cities such as Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and the near regions of the Russian Federation.
- Azov sea shipping company which was owned until 2003 by the Donbass Merchant Marine fleet, now is also under the ownership of System Capital Management. Donbass Merchant Marine now is a bankrupt enterprise which formerly operated from ports on the Sea of Azov such as Mariupol, Berdyansk, and Taganrog (Russia).
The above-mentioned enterprises and not including the plethora of others are located in the free economic zone Azov.
Mariupol has transportation including bus transportation, trolley-buses, trams, and fixed-route taxis. The city is connected by railways, a seaport and the airport to other countries and cities.
- Urban electric transport (MTTU, Mariupol Tram-trolleybus management):
- Buses – mainly the private minibuses which are carrying out transportation in city, on suburban and long-distance routes.
- Road service station (which includes transportations to Taganrog, Rostov-upon-Don, Krasnodar, Kiev, Odessa, Yalta, Dnipropetrovsk are carried out, etc.) and a suburban auto station (with routes mainly to Pershotravnevy, Volodarsky and areas of Donetsk oblast).
- Railway station Mariupol. The city is connected by the railway to Donbass (the Direction of trains being: Moscow, Kiev, Lviv, Saint Petersburg, Minsk, Bryansk, Voronezh, Kharkiv, Poltava, Slavyansk-na-Kubani).
- A marina in the aria of sea trading port.
- Mariupol International Airport (the property Ilyich Mariupol steel and iron works).
Industrial construction prevails. Mass building of inhabited quarters in city has terminated in the 1980s. Mainly the comfortable habitation is under construction now. The construction organisations of city for nine months 2005 execute volume of contract civil and erection works on 304.4 million hrivnas (US$60 million). Densities of city on this parameter in city – 22,1%.
In city all leading Ukrainian operators of mobile communications work. During Soviet time in city ten automatic telephone exchanges worked, six digital automatic telephone exchanges recently were added.
The GDP of the city in 2004 was ₴22,769,400 ($4,510,400); it is listed in the state budget as ₴83,332,000 ($16,507,400). The city is one of the largest contributors to the Ukrainian national budget (after Kiev and Zaporizhia).
The GPA of the city is ₴1,262.04 (~US$250.00) a month, one of the highest in the country. The average pension in the city is ₴423.15 ($83.82). Commercial debts in the city were reduced in 2005 to 1.1% or ₴5.1 million ($1.01 million).
Income from services rendered for 9 months of 2005 was ₴860.4 million ($107.4 million) and the volume of retail trade for the same period was ₴838.7 million ($166.1 million). The city's enterprises for 9 months of 2005 recorded a positive financial result (profit) of ₴3.2 billion ($634 million), which is 23.6% more than in the prior year (2004).
- Donetsk regional Russian drama theatre. In 2003 the oldest theater of region celebrated the 125th anniversary. For contribution to spiritual education of theatre in 2000 became the laureate of the competition «Gold Scythian».
- Pobeda ("Victory")
Palaces of Culture (Recreation centres) (together with so-called clubs – 16 units):
- Metallurgov ("Metallurgists") of Ilyich Steel & Iron Works
- Azovstal of Azovstal Steel & Iron Works
- Iskra ("Spark") of Azovmash machine-builder Concern
- MarKokhim (Mariupol Coke Chemistry)
- Moryakov ("Sailors")
- Stroitel ("Builders")
- Palace of child's and youth art ("Palace of Children art")
- Municipal Palace of Culture
Showrooms and museums:
- Mariupol Museum of Regional
- Kuindzhi Art Exhibition
- Museum of ethnography (in the past the museum of Andrey Zhdanov)
- Museum halls of the industrial enterprises and their divisions, establishments and the organisations of city and so on.
Libraries (only 35 units):
- Korolenko Central Library;
- Gorky Central Children’s Library;
- Serafimovich Library (The oldest library of city);
- And also: Gaydar Library, Honchar Library, Hrushevsky Library, Krupskaya Library, Kuprin Library, Lesya Ukrainka Library, Marshak Library, Morozov Library, Novikov-Priboy Library, Pushkin Library, Svetlov Library, Turgenev Library, Franko Library, Chekhov Library, Chukovsky Library, the libraries of industrial enterprises, establishments and the organisations of city.
In the surrounding environs of city, on the shore of Sea of Azov, archaeology monuments were excavated from neolithic burial grounds dating from the end of the third millennium BC. During excavations over 120 skeletons were discovered. Found near them were stone and bone instruments, beads, shell-works from shellfishes, and animal teeth.
Art and literature
Creative organisations of artists, union of journalists of Mariupol, the literary union «Azovye» (from a 1924, about 100 members) and others. Works of Mariupol poets and writers: N. Berilov, A. Belous, G. Moroz, A. Shapurmi, A. Savchenko, V. Kior, N. Harakoz, L. Kiryakov, L. Belozerova, P. Bessonov, A. Zaruba are written in the Russian, Ukrainian, Greek languages. Presently 10 members of National Union of writers of Ukraine live in a city.
- 11 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy.
- 3 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchy.
- 52 various religious communities.
The city is adorned by the St. Nicholas Cathedral (in the Zhovtnevy borough) and other churches of the city, namely:
- St. Nicholas (Primorsky borough)
- St. Michael (Ordzhonikidzevsky borough)
- St. Preobrazheniye ("Transfiguration") (Primorsky borough)
- St. Ilya (Ilyichevsky borough)
- Uspensky ("Assumption") (Ordzhonikidzevsky borough)
- St. Vladimir (Ordzhonikidzevsky borough)
- St. Amvrosy Optinsky (Illyichevsky borough, Volonterobvka)
- St. Varlampy (Illyichevsky borough, Mirny)
- St. George (Illyichevsky borough, Sartana)
- Nativity of the Virgin Mary (Illyichevsky borough, Talakovka)
- St. Boris & Gleb (Prymorsky borough, Moryakov)
- St. Crimeajewel
In addition to churches, there are 3 Mosques around the city.
Media and entertainment
More than 20 local newspapers work mostly Russian language based, including:
- «Priazovsky Rabochy» («Priazovsky worker»)
- «Mariupolskaya Zhizn» («Mariupol life»)
- «Mariupolskaya Nedelya» («Mariupol week»)
- «Azovsky Moryak» («Azov Seaman»)
- «Azovsky Mashinostroitel» («Azov Machine-builder») etc.
12 wireless stations, 7 regional television companies and channels:
- Broadcasting Company «Sigma»
- Broadcasting Company «MTV» («Mariupol television»)
- Broadcasting Company «TV 7»
- Broadcasting Company «Inter-Mariupol»
- Broadcasting Company «Format» and others
Retransmitting about 15 state channels («Inter», «1+1», «STB», «NTN», «5 Channel», «ICTV», «First National TV», «New Channel», TV Company «Ukraina», etc.)
Tourism and recreation
Tourist interest are mainly on the coast of the Sea of Azov. Around the city the strip of resort settlements was pulled: Melekino, Urzuf, Yalta, Sedovo, Bezymennoye, Sopino, Belosaray Kosa, etc. Travel companies operating are («Azov-voyag-tour», «Azovintur»,«Limpopo» and others).
The first resorts were opened in the city in 1926. Along a sea here during 16 the narrow bar of sandy beaches stretches for one km. Water temperature in the summer ranges from 22–24 °C (72–75 °F). The duration of the bathing season is 120 days.
Mariupol is the hometown of the nationally famous swimmer Oleksandr Sydorenko who lives in the city.
The water polo team, the «Ilyichevets», is the undisputed champion of Ukraine. It has won the Ukrainian championship 11 times. Every year it plays in the European Champion Cup and Russian championship.
Azovmash Basketball Club, similarly to the "Ilichevets" Water-polo Club, has numerous national championship titles. Significant successes were obtained as well by the Mariupol schools of boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, artistic gymnastics, and other types of sport.
Sport building of city (count 585):
- «Ilyichevets» stadium
- «Azovstal» sports complex
- «Azovets» stadium (in the past the «Locomotive»)
- «Azovmash» sports complex
- «Sadko» Sports complex
- «Vodnik» Sports complex
- «Neptune» public pool
- «Azovstal» chess club, etc.
81 general educational establishment are operational, including: 67 comprehensive schools (48,500 students), 2 grammar schools, 3 lyceums, 4 evening replaceable schools, 3 boarding schools, 2 private schools, 11 professional educational institutions (6,274 students), and 94 children's preschool establishments (12,700 children).
Three higher education establishments:
- Priazovsky State Technical University
- Mariupol State University
- Azovsky Institute of Marine Transport
There are about 300 public associations, including 22 trade-union organizations, about 40 political parties, 16 youth groups, 4 women's organizations, 37 associations of veterans and disabled, and 134 national & cultural societies.
There is a General Consulate of the Republic of Greece as well as the Republic of Cyprus in Mariupol.
There are 70 medical, medical-health and medical establishments in a city — hospitals, policlinics, the station of blood transfusion, station of urgent medicare, sanatoriums, sanatoriums-preventive clinics regional centre of social maintenance of pensionaries and invalids, city centers: gastroenterology, thoracal surgery, bleedings, pancreatic, microsurgery of eye. Central pool-hospital on a water-carriage etc.
- Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842(?)–1910), Russian landscape painter of Greek ethnicity
- Vyacheslav Polozov (born 1950), Soviet opera singer, born in Mariupol
- Igor Radivilov (born 1992), Ukraine gymnastics team member at the London 2012 Olympics and Men's Vault Bronze medallist
- Alexander Sacharoff (1886–1963), Jewish dancer, teacher, and choreographer
- Voron Viacheslav (born 1967), Russian and Ukrainian singer-songwriter, singer, composer, music producer
- Anna Zatonskih (born 1978), chess player
- Andrei Zhdanov (1896–1948), Soviet politician
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