Coordinates: 50°31′00″N 30°15′00″E / 50.51667°N 30.25000°E / 50.51667; 30.25000
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Irpin is located in Kyiv Oblast
Irpin is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 50°31′00″N 30°15′00″E / 50.51667°N 30.25000°E / 50.51667; 30.25000
Country Ukraine
OblastKyiv Oblast
RaionBucha Raion
HromadaIrpin urban hromada
City rights1956
 • City110.83 km2 (42.79 sq mi)
119 m (390 ft)
 • City65,167
 • Density590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
08200 — 08279
Area code+380 4597 Edit this at Wikidata
1 The metro population for Irpin are the statistics for the whole Irpin Municipality.

Irpin (Ukrainian: Ірпінь, IPA: [irˈp⁽ʲ⁾inʲ] ) is a city on the Irpin River in Bucha Raion, Kyiv Oblast, northern Ukraine. It is located next to the capital Kyiv. Irpin hosts the administration of Irpin urban hromada, one of the hromadas of Ukraine.[1] The city has a population of 65,167 (2022 estimate).[2]

The city has a railway station built in 1899. In 2022, it received the title Hero City of Ukraine.[3]

In the 2022 Battle of Irpin during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 70% of the city was damaged. As of June 25, 2023, the city's mayor reported that most people had already returned: "Yes, we have already returned 85% of the entire city's population. In addition, we have received almost 25,000 internally displaced persons, mostly from the east."[4]


In the 17th century on the site of Irpin were the villages of Romanivka and khutir Lyubka. In the 19th century Severynivka village, and khutirs Rudnya and Stoyanka appeared.

Irpin was formed in 1899 as a passing loop, during construction of the KyivKovel railway line. Railway workers founded the town near the railway road along with other localities such as Bucha and Vorzel. The city's name (along with the city of Vorzel) was chosen due to its location on the Irpin River.

From 26 July 1941, right after the Battle of Kyiv, it was occupied by the Wehrmacht until November 1943, when Kyiv was recaptured. Most of its Jewish population were murdered in either Babi Yar or other massacres by the Nazis.

In 1956, Irpin's status was changed to that of a "city of raion (district) subordination," subordinate to the Kyiv-Sviatoshyn Raion (district).

On 30 December 1962, the Presidium of the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR issued a decree changing the status of Irpin to that of a "city of oblast subordination," thus being directly subordinate to the oblast authorities rather than the city administration housed within the city. Also mentioned within the decree were the inclusion of the urban-type settlements of Bucha (a city of oblast significance since 2007), Vorzel, Hostomel, and Kotsiubynske within the city limits.

Until 18 July 2020, Irpin was incorporated as a city of oblast significance and the center of Irpin Municipality, which also included the urban-type settlement of Hostomel, Kotsiubynske, and Vorzel. In July 2020, as part of the administrative reform of Ukraine, which reduced the number of raions of Kyiv Oblast to seven, Irpin Municipality was merged into Bucha Raion.[5][6]

Destroyed Irpin after the Battle of Irpin

2022 Russian invasion[edit]

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Irpin on 8 September 2022

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Irpin became the site of a battlefield engagement during the Kyiv offensive. Russian forces took the Hostomel Airport in the north of the city to facilitate an advance southwards, around Kyiv. The city was shelled by Russian artillery while the Ukrainians were able to repel and destroy multiple forces attempting to move into the town.[7][8] According to Human Rights Watch, on March 6, 2022, Russian forces bombarded an intersection on a road of Irpin which was used by civilians to flee.[9] As of 24 March 2022, 80% of the city was recaptured from Russian occupants by Ukrainian Armed Forces.[10] On 28 March, Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn announced that all of Irpin was fully recovered by the Ukrainian forces.[11] On March 30, the mayor of Irpin said that the Russian military had killed more than 300 civilians and 50 servicemen in the city.[12]

On 31 August 2022, the Declaration on Cooperation was signed in Irpin by the National Republican Army and Russian Volunteer Corps in an aim to overthrow the regime of Vladimir Putin.[citation needed]

On 24 August 2023, the Ruta Kindergarten [zh] was opened under a collaborative project by Lithuania and Taiwan.


There are 22 industrial manufacturers operating in the Irpin region. The city has close to one thousand enterprises of various forms of ownership. The most notable are Peremoha Industrial Complex of Irpin (bricks, reinforced concrete components, heat insulation and sound proofing materials), Irpinmash (gears for agricultural industry), Perun Trading Firm (books), KATECH-electro Private Commercial and Manufacturing Company (cabling and wiring products), Irpintorfmash factory (construction materials), and a furniture factory, just to name some.

The agricultural sector of Irpin provides the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, with potatoes and other vegetables.

The city is also a health resort area known for its recreational facilities.


The city has a well developed sports infrastructure. At some point it used to host several professional football clubs, among which are Dynamo Irpin (later known as FC Ros Bila Tserkva), Nafkom-Akademiya (later known as FC Nafkom Brovary), and others.

In the summer of 2016 a newly built small city stadium was opened in the city.[13]

There is also a sports school, a football academy, and several other sports organizations such as a rugby club. A number of sports events are conducted regularly at the city's stadium.


  • University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (formerly State Tax Academy)
  • School of Economy of the National Agrarian University
  • Evangelical Bible Seminary

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Irpin's sister cities are:[14][15][16]



  1. ^ "Ирпенская городская громада" (in Russian). Портал об'єднаних громад України.
  2. ^ Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2022 [Number of Present Population of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2022] (PDF) (in Ukrainian and English). Kyiv: State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 July 2022.
  3. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ №164/2022". Офіційне інтернет-представництво Президента України (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Олександр Маркушин, міський голова Ірпеня".
  5. ^ "Про утворення та ліквідацію районів. Постанова Верховної Ради України № 807-ІХ". Голос України (in Ukrainian). 18 July 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Нові райони: карти + склад" (in Ukrainian). Міністерство розвитку громад та територій України.
  7. ^ "Enemy's attempt to capture Irpin failed, attack repulsed - General Staff". 28 February 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Devastating photo shows before and after of attack on Ukrainian town of Irpin". 3 March 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Ukraine: Russian Assault Kills Fleeing Civilians". 8 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  10. ^ "80% Ірпеня вже звільнено - радник глави МВС". Інтерфакс-Україна (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Ukrainians have retaken control of Irpin, says mayor". BBC News. 28 March 2022. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  12. ^ (in Ukrainian) "Those killed were crushed by tanks": up to 300 civilians died in Irpin - the mayor, (30 March 2022)
  13. ^ "Iрпiнський інформаційний — Ирпенский информационный". Archived from the original on 30 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Gernika e Irpín, ciudades hermanadas". 21 September 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  15. ^ "Partnerstädte der Stadt Borna". City of Borna. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  16. ^ "Milwaukee formalizes Sister City status with Ukraine's Irpin". The Milwaukee Independent. 23 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Grateful hearts as Syracuse becomes 'sister city' with Ukrainian community". Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  18. ^ "Syracuse welcomes Ukrainian mayor for sister city designation". WAER. 14 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023.

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