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|Nickname(s): City of shipbuilders|
Mykolaiv City Municipality
|• Mayor||Vladimir Korenyugin (acting)|
|• Total||260 km2 (100 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,918/km2 (4,970/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+380 512|
Mykolaiv (Ukrainian: Миколаїв Ukrainian pronunciation: [mɪkoˈlɑjiu̯]), also known as Nikolayev (from Russian Николаев), is a city in southern Ukraine, administrative center of the Mykolaiv Oblast. Mykolaiv is the main ship building center of the Black Sea, and, arguably, the whole Eastern Europe.
The city is an important transportation junction of Ukraine (sea port, commercial port, river port, highway and railway junction, airport).
Mykolaiv's orderly layout reflects the fact that its development has been well planned from the founding of the city. Its main streets, including the three main East-West Avenues, (including Lenin Prospect shown in the photo to the right) are very wide and tree lined. A significant part of Mykolaiv's land area is beautiful parks. Park Pobedy (Victory) is a large park on the peninsula just north of the city center of Mykolaiv, on the North side of the Inhul river.
Mykolaiv has a population of about 500,000.
Name of city 
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There are several variations of the city's name. In Ukrainian, the city is named Микола́їв, for which the transliteration is Mykolaiv, or officially, Mykolayiv. The Russian name is Никола́ев, which transliterates as Nikolaev or Nikolayev.
During the first year of the construction of the warf at the mouth of the Inhul river, the settlement did not have a definite name. In correspondence between Prince Grigory Potemkin and Mikhail Faleev and other people, the warf was variously called the Ingul Warf, the Warf on the Ingul, the Mouth of the Ingul, and other names. The name Mykolaiv is known from legal order (writ) Number 1065 by Prince Potemkin to Mikhail Faleev on the 27th of August (7 September per the old calendar), 1789.
In 1920 the Nikolaev council decided to rename the city Vernoleninsk, but the new name was not approved by the Government of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, in German encyclopedic dictionaries in 1927 and 1932 on the map of European USSR, the city was named Vernoleninsk.
To distinguish Mykolaiv from the much smaller western city of Mykolaiv in Lviv Oblast, the latter is sometimes called “Mykolaiv on Dniester” after the major river it situated on, while the former is located on the Southern Buh, another major river, and may be called “Mykolaiv on Buh” as well.
Administrative status 
Mykolaiv is the administrative center of the Mykolaiv Oblast (province), as well as that of both the Mykolaivskyi and Zhovtnevyi raions (districts) within the oblast. However, Mykolaiv is also a city of oblast subordinance, and is thus subject directly to the oblast authorities rather to the raion administration housed in the city itself.
Geographic characteristics 
Both the Inhul River and the Southern Buh river follow very winding courses just before they join at the north east corner of Mykolaiv. This has created several long and narrow peninsulas just north of Mykolaiv, and the main part of Mykolaiv is itself on a peninsula at a 180 degree bend in the Southern Buh River.
Mykolaiv is in a primarily flat terrain area (the steppe grain producing region of southern Ukraine). The nearest mountains to Mykolaiv are 300 kilometers south, at the Southern end of the Crimean Peninsula. The lack of any mountain barriers north of Mykolaiv means that very cold Arctic winds can blow South, unimpeded by any terrain elevation, to Mykolaiv in Winter.
The area of the city is 260 square kilometers.
Mykolaiv is in the second time zone (Eastern European Time).
Mykolaiv’s environmental issues are typical for many cities in Ukraine: pollution of water, the air, and groundwater; drinking water quality, noise, waste management, and conservation of biological diversity in the city. One of Mykolaiv’s most urgent problems is the disposal of solid household waste.
The city has 18 preserved sites, totaling about 12 km²:
- The Mykolaiv Zoo (considered one of the best zoos in Ukraine);
- The monuments of landscape art: Park Pobedy, Petrovsky park, 68 Paratroopers Park, Square, The Sivašskij, The Boulevard Bunker, Linea (Line) Park, Pioneer Parque; Lenin Komsomol (Communist Youth League);
- The Botanical Natural Monument Memory Square;
- The Dubki Reserved Nature boundary;
- The Balabanovka Forest Reserve;
- The October Reservoir Hydrological Reserve;
- The Turkish Fountain Hydrological Natural Monument;
- The Dubka (oak) 4 Botanical Nature Monument.
The city's climate is moderately continental with mild winters and hot summers. Mykolaiv’s average temperature is 10 °C (50 °F). The lowest average temperature is in January −3.1 °C (26 °F), the highest in July 22.3 °C (72 °F).
Mykolaiv has an average of 472 mm (19 in) of precipitation per year, with the lowest precipitation in October, and the most in July. Mykolaiv has snow cover every year, but its height is low.
The prevailing winds come from the North, the least frequent source of wind is the Southeast. The maximum wind speed is in February, the lowest is from July through September. In January, the average wind speed is 4.1 m/s (meters per second); in July, the average is 3.1 m/s.
|Climate data for Mykolaiv|
|Average high °C (°F)||−1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−3.1
|Average low °C (°F)||−6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||35.7
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||6.4||6.1||5.5||5.5||6.5||6.5||5.1||4.1||4.3||3.3||5.9||7.4||66.6|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||68.2||73.5||120.9||180.0||263.5||288.0||306.9||294.5||231.0||167.4||69.0||52.7||2,115.6|
|Source #1: Meteoprog.ua|
|Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory .|
The history of the city has always been closely connected to ship building. The town was founded in 1789 by the Russian Governor General of Novorossiya, Prince Grigory Potemkin, initially as a shipyard called simply a New Shipyard on the Ingul river. Prince Potemkin signed an order to construct a shipyard on August 27, 1789, which is considered to be the city's birth date. The shipyard was to undertake the repair of naval ships in the Russo-Turkish War (1787–1792). Later Potemkin ordered the shipyard to be named Nikolaev to commemorate the date when Ochakov fell to the Russian troops under his command on December 6, 1788, close to the day of Saint Nicholas (Nikolay) December 19, in the Russian Orthodox Church calendar.
The Russian Empire's Black Sea Navy Headquarters was in Mykolaiv for more than 100 years until the Russian Navy moved it to Sevastopol, near the Southern tip of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. During the Crimean War Mykolaiv became the main rear base to support Russia’s efforts in the war. Most businesses that were created in the city belonged to the military industrial complex, and, in this regard, Mykolaiv, was closed to foreign visitors for many decades.
In March 1816, Admiral Aleksey Greig was appointed to the post of Governor of the city. While in that post until 1833, he did much for Mykolaiv. Port facilities were built. A credit society (cooperative) was established, and Mykolaiv increased its seaborne trade. Morskoii (Marine) Boulevard was built in the city, along with sidewalks. In addition, open men's and women's colleges were, built, as was a shelter. In 1820, Admiral Greig founded the Marine Astronomical Observatory in Mykolaiv. In 1826, he, for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy, set up the Russian Naval headquarters in Mykolaiv. The headquarters included fleet combat training during peacetime and the development of plans for military operations during wartime.
From 1860 to 1871, the military Governor of Mykolaiv was Bogdan von Glazenap. His highest command in the town was in 1862. He encouraged foreign vessels to call at the commercial port and encouraged foreigners to come to Mykolaiv to live. Therefore foreign governments established foreign consulates in Mykolaiv. This led to the transformation of Mykolaiv into a large commercial port.
By the late 19th century, Mykolaiv’s port ranked third in the Russian Empire, after Saint Petersburg and Odessa, in terms of trade with foreign countries. In addition, grain export suppliers of the steppe region (of Ukraine and Southern Russia) were first in the Russian Empire. Mykolaiv had become a great industrial center in the South of Ukraine.
Mykolaiv was major Jewish centre of Russian Empire in 19th century. In the 19th century, the Czarist governments had largely banned Russian Empire Jews from living East of the Dnieper River. Mykolaiv is in the area west of the Dnieper, which was were Jews were legally allowed to reside (the legal area of Jewish residence was known as the Pale of Settlement). The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the seventh leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch dynasty) was born in Mykolaiv on April 18, 1902.
In 1918, Mykolaiv survived its first occupation by foreign troops. In 1920, Soviet power was established there.
With the beginning of World War II Mykolaiv was occupied on August 16, 1941. During the occupation, an underground partisan sabotage group, the Mykolaiv Center conducted guerilla activities. On March 28, 1944 the city was liberated, in part because of Soviet Coronel Olshansky's paratroopers and their daring raid, during which the majority of his troops were killed.
In March 2012, Mykolaiv gained international notoriety for lawlessness and police corruption following the rape and murder of Oksana Makar. Her three attackers were apprehended, but two were released because of family connections to local government officials. After a media outcry and public protests, all three attackers were charged with her murder.
The Soviet Government awarded Mykolaiv the Order of the Red Banner of Labour on the 31st of December, 1970, for successfully fulfilling its assignments for the development of industrial production, in the USSR's five year economic plan.
Administrative districts 
Mykolaiv is divided into four districts:
The Central District is located in the northwest of the city. It includes the historic center of Mykolaiv, Rocket tract, Temvod, Salt, Northern, Ternovka (in Ternovca also acts village council), Matveevka, Varvarovka.
The Zavodskiy District is located in the west of the city. In this area, many industrial enterprises are concentrated. It also includes neighborhoods Lescaut and Alluviation, as well as towns of Velykaya Koreniha and Malaya Koreniha.
The Leninskiy District is located in the east of Mykolaiv. Among other things, it includes the new Horticulture, YUTZ, New Watering, Old Watering. The district has a zoo, bus and railway stations.
The Korabelniy District is located in the south of the city. It includes a broad beam, Zhovtneve, Balabanovka, Kulbakino.
Official symbols 
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Mykolaiv adopted its current coat of arms on September 26, 1997. Mykolaiv had adopted its previous coat of arms in 1883. In creating its modern coat of arms, the city removed the coat of arms of neighboring Kherson Governorate.
Mykolaiv adopted its current flag on July 2, 1999. It is a white flag with the city’s coat of arms and two wavy horizontal bars.
Mykolaiv adopted its anthem on September 11, 2004.
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Today Mykolaiv is a major shipbuilding center of Ukraine (as, earlier, of the whole Soviet Union) and an important river port. The city has three major shipyards one of which is capable of building large navy ships. Other important industries are mechanical engineering, power engineering, metallurgy and last 10 years - food industry.
Mykolaiv was closed to foreign visitors until the late 1980s because of many clandestine Soviet Navy projects (as well as the Mykolaiv Air Force base, turbine factory and military port). The majority of the Soviet Navy's surface ships including its only aircraft carrier, the Kuznetzov were built in Mykolaiv.
Other industries 
Electronic industries are located in the city. The enterprise “Zoriya - Mashproekt” manufactures equipment used in ships and products used for transportation of natural gas and generation of electricity.
One of the largest enterprises in the city is Mykolaiv Aluminia Factory, which produces aluminia, raw material for the production of aluminum.
In addition to heavy industry, the city has a developed food processing industry, including a juice maker, Sandora, a dairy products maker, Laktalis-Mykolaiv, and a brewery, Yantar. The enterprise Nibulon is one of the leaders in the Ukrainian agrarian market.
Ukrainian military presence 
Mykolaiv, being an important strategic city in southern Ukraine has a significant Ukrainian military presence, including the shipyards that build Ukraine's surface navy ships, the Mykolaiv Navy base, the “MARP” aircraft repair factory (Mykolaiv), the Kulbakino Army Base (in the Mykolaiv Oblast, outside of the city of Mykolaiv).
Previously for many years after World War II the city had been home to the 92nd Guards Motor Rifle Division, the former 92nd Guards Rifle Division.
Mykolaiv is one of Ukraine's most important transportation junctions. It is a major commercial river and sea port, and a major highway and rail junction. Mykolaiv also has a dual-function passenger and freight airport, but passenger service at the airport is not significant, compared to Ukraine's major airports. In addition to the airport and sea and river port, Mykolaiv has two train stations, and an intercity bus station.
Mykolaiv Airport (IATA code NLV), one of the largest and most technically well-equipped airports in the South of Ukraine, serves the city. The airport, located South East of Mykolaiv, is mainly used for air freight and only has limited passenger service. Russian airline UTAir Aviation offers flights from Mykolaiv to Moscow (Vnukovo - VKO airport). In addition, there are one-hour passenger flights from Odessa (the nearest major airport) to Mykolaiv. Almost all airline passenger service in the South West of Ukraine (where Mykolaiv is located) is through Odessa International Airport: to reach Mykolaiv by airplane, tourists generally reach Odessa by plane, and then take a bus, taxi or train, for approximately 2 hours, to Mykolaiv. Odessa, the largest city in South West Ukraine, is 132 kilometers from Mykolaiv.
Bus travel long distance 
Mykolaiv is an 8.5 hour bus ride from Kiev's main bus station. Ukrainian private national bus companies Gyunsel and Avtoluks operate overnight buses from Kiev to Mykolaiv seven nights per week. The bus station in Mykolaiv is located at Prospekt (Avenue) Oktyabrskii 21 (Prospekt Zhovtevny 21 in Ukrainian).
The main north-south highway that passes through Mykolaiv is H (or M)-14.
The main East-West Highway that passes through Mykolaiv is E-58 M-14 (West and then South to Odessa), and South East to Kherson, a major port on the Dneper River, just before it flows into the Black Sea. The E-58 M-14 then continues East to the major industrial city and port in South Eastern Ukraine, Mariupol'.
The main highways to and from Mykolaiv are from Kherson (65 kilometers), Odesa (120 km), Uman' (320 km), Chishinau (Kishniev), Moldova (325 km), the Crimean Peninsula (350 km), Kiev (500 km), Kharkiv (520 km), Lviv (950 km) (Western Ukraine). Ukraine's roads, including those leading from Mykolaiv, tend to be poorly maintained and can be very dangerous.
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Mykolaiv, being located at the confluence of two major rivers, has two main bridges.
Varvarovsky Most (Bridge) (in Russian Варваровский мост) is Ukraine's Southern-most bridge that crosses the Southern Buh River. The bridge leads from the North coast of Mykolaiv North-North West to the Central District (in Russian Центральный район), which is on the West side of the Southern Buh River. The Odessa Highway (Russian: Одесское шоссе) crosses the bridge and then continues West and then South to Odessa.
The second major bridge in Mykolaiv crosses the Inhul river. The bridge leads from the North coast of Mykolaiv, and goes North-North East to the peninsula on the North side of the Inhul, just north of Mykolaiv. On the North Side of the Inhul river, the highway that crosses on the bridge is called Героев Сталинграда (Heroes of Stalingrad - the location of decisive World War II Soviet victory over the invading German and Romanian armies). On the South Side of the Bridge, (in the center of Mykolaiv), the highway that crosses the bridge is called Ulitsa (Street) Pushkinskaya (in Russian: улица Пушкинская).
Overnight train travel in sleeper-berth passenger trains is a very common way to travel long distances in Ukraine. There are nightly trains from Kiev's main passenger train station to Mykolaiv. Train trips from Mykolaiv to Kiev take 14 hours and 35 minutes. (Passenger trains are significantly slower in Ukraine than buses).
In addition to Kiev, trains from Mykolaiv regularly run to the two closest major cities to Mykolaiv: Odessa (south west of Mykolaiv); and Kherson (south of Mykolaiv). Direct trains to Moscow (26 hours), Kiev (10), Lviv (18), Odesa (5), the Crimea (8 hours) depart every day. Train departures timetable. All trains have coach cars.
Mykolaiv's passenger train station is called Mykolaiv - Passenger (in Russian: Николаев-пассажирский). It at the intersection of Mira Avenue and Prospekt (Avenue) Novzavodskaya 5 (in Ukraine and Russia, street address numbers are placed after the street name). From the city square outside the railway station, buses depart to all other parts of Mykolaiv.
Mykolaiv's freight train station is called Mykolaiv-Gruzovoi (Freight) (in Russian: "Николаев-грузовой"). It is located at Privokzalnaya Ploschad' (Square).
Water-borne travel 
Though a major Ukrainian commercial sea port, Mykolaiv has no regular passenger water-borne service. Large ocean-going ships can reach Mykolaiv year round, via the Southern Buh River. The Southern Buh River, which flows into the Black Sea 65 kilometres (40 mi) south of Mykolaiv, is 1.5 kilometers wide in Mykolaiv. Mykolaiv's passenger river port is at Varvarovskii Spusk (Descent) 5 (In Russian: Варваровский спуск, 5).
Local transportation 
There are several universities in Mykolaiv. The main universities are: Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding (leading shipbuilding university in Ukraine), Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University, Mykolaiv Pedagogical Institute and Mykolaiv State Agrarian University.
There are 10 higher education institutions in Mykolaiv of level III or IV accreditation. 65 general education schools, lycees, gymnasium schools, 3 evening schools, and 12 private learning institutions are in the city.
Mykolaiv is the headquarters of the Mykolaiv Episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), which has 18 churches (temples) in the city.
Mykolaiv is also the headquarters of the Mykolaiv Episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate.
Religious organizations and other faiths are broadly represented in the city.
There are three performing arts theaters in Mykolaiv: the Academic Ukrainian Theater of Drama and Musical Comedy, the Mykolaiv State Puppet Theater, and the Mykolaiv Academic Art Russian Drama Theater. In addition, the Mykolaiv Oblast Philharmonic performs in the city.
Mykolaiv has the following museums: Mykolayiv Regional Museum of Local History, The Museum of Shipbuilding and Fleet, the Museum of the World War II Partisan Movement, the V. V. Vereshchagin Art Museum.
Four movie theaters operate in Mykolaiv: Yunost' (Youth), Rodina (Motherland), Pioneer, Multiplex. Movies shown include the latest Hollywood films dubbed into Ukrainian and modern Russian films.
Popular publications include “Vecherniy Nikolayev" (Evening Mykolaiv), "Nikolaevsckie Novosti" (Mykolaiv News), and "Yuzhnaya Pravda" (Southern Truth). Many publications have an Internet version, but exist in an independent Internet publication.
Television programs that are broadcast in Mykolaiv include movies, news, dramas (some of which originated in other countries, such as Mexico and the USA and are dubbed into Russian), (some of which also originate in other countries and are dubbed into Russian) cartoons, and professional sporting events such as Ukrainian football (soccer)> Mykolaiv has the following TV channels: 1+1; 2+2; 5 Kanal; ICTV; Inter; Real Estate TV; Tonis: K1: Kanal Ukraina; Kultura (Ukraina); CTB; TV: TET; and TRK. http://www.vipiko.tv/cgi-bin/html.cgi?id_paket=697.
MFC Mykolaiv (Municipal Football Club "Mykolaiv", Ukrainian: Муніципальний футбольний клуб "Миколаїв") is a Ukrainian football club. The club has been demoted three times from the Ukrainian Premier League. MFС Mykolaiv's best achievement in the Ukrainian Premier League was 13th place (in 1994–95). MFC Mykolaiv reached 1st place in Druha Liha group A in 2010-11 season and was promoted to Persha Liha. Mykolaiv's main football stadium is at the west end of Lenin Prospekt, near the west end of the peninsula that Mykolaiv is on.
Mykolaiv's professional basketball team is MBC Mykolaiv. The team has won or finished second or third in several international tournaments since 1988, and won the Ukrainian Championship in 1992. MBC Mykolaiv is part of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague, which is the top professional basketball league in Ukraine.
International relations 
Mykolaiv is part of the International Black Sea Club, The World Council of Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), and the International Assembly of Capitals and Major Cities of the CIS (certain countries that were part of the former Soviet Union) countries.
Mykolaiv’s 10 sister cities:
- Batumi, Georgia (since 1995);
- Trieste, Italy (since 1996);
- Bursa, Turkey (since 2001);
- Tiraspol, Moldova (since2004);
- Moscow, Russia (since 2005);
- Pleven, Bulgaria (from 2005);
- Lyon, France (since 2006);
- Borjomi, Georgia (since 2006);
- Dezhou, China (since 2009);
- Mogilev, Belarus (since 2009).
Notable residents 
- Yuri Nosenko (1927-2008) — KGB defector, born in Mykolaiv.
- Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), born in Mykolaiv.
See also 
- Благоустройство города, gorsovet.mk.ua
- Mykolayiv City Council: Nikolaev. Socio-economic characteristics
- Состояние окружающей природной среды, gorsovet.mk.ua
- Обращение с отходами, gorsovet.mk.ua
- Объекты природно-заповедного фонда, gorsovet.mk.ua
- Климат Николаева (meteoprog.ua)
- Climatological Information for Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
- "BBC Sport - Olga Kharlan's school - School No 4, Mykolaiv, Ukraine". BBC News. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- History of the city, gorsovet.mk.ua
- "Marine Log: Yanukovych seeks shipbuilding revival". Kyivpost.com. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- "Nikolaev Ukraine city overview, history, attractions, photos". Ukrainetrek.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- Ukraine travel guide
- "Расписание автобусов - НИКОЛАЕВ". Transport.turne.com.ua. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- Заказ гостиниц. "Расписание поездов: Николаев - Киев, стоимость билета, заказ железнодорожных билетов на поезд. Купить жд билеты Николаев - Киев". Tutu.ru. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- "Вокзалы Николаева". Rtpp.com.ua. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- "Google Translate". Translate.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- International Cooperation, gorsovet.mk.ua
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