Stavyshche (Ukrainian: Ставище) is a town in the Kiev Oblast (province) in northern Ukraine, on the Hnylyi Tikych river. It's the administrative center of Stavyshche Raion. Population is 7,929 (2001).
It was first mentioned in historical documents in 1622, when it was under Polish rule. In 1635 it was granted the rights of Magdeburg law. The town joined the Khmelnytsky Uprising and became a company center of Bila Tserkva regiment. In 1655 Bohdan Khmelnytsky engaged the Tatars in battle at Stavyshche.
A decade later the town was the center of the Varenytsia Uprising. Its inhabitants did not accept the town’s return to Polish rule (1667) and rebelled repeatedly in the course of the next century (1702—04, 1730s, 1750s). With the partition of Poland in 1793, Stavyshche was annexed by Russia, and became part of Tarashcha county in the Kiev Governorate.
In the 19th century it acquired a distillery, flour mill, and brick factory. By 1900 its population had reached 8,500. Today the town has an a construction company, and a food industry. Stavyshche had devastating pogroms during the period of civil unrest following the 1917 Russian Revolution also.
- Mykola Melnyk, a Chernobyl hero helicopter pilot, was born and grew up in Stavyshche.
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