The town was founded in 1894 as a seaport for sending wheat, wool and furs to France, Germany and other European countries. The initial territory consisted of that of a fishermen settlement Ali-Agok (tatarian. "quiet harbor") and the lands of S.Skadovskiy owner.
The distance to the city of Kherson is 94 km (58 mi), the seaport. The closest railway station is Kalanchak 94 km (58 mi).