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Main street of Korosten
Main street of Korosten
Official seal of Korosten
Korosten is located in Zhytomyr Oblast
Location of Korosten
Korosten is located in Ukraine
Korosten (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 50°57′N 28°38′E / 50.950°N 28.633°E / 50.950; 28.633Coordinates: 50°57′N 28°38′E / 50.950°N 28.633°E / 50.950; 28.633
Country Ukraine
Oblast Zhytomyr Oblast
RaionKorosten Raion
 • Total42.31 km2 (16.34 sq mi)
171 m (561 ft)
 (1 September 2015)
 • Total65,072
WebsiteOfficial website

Korosten (Ukrainian: Ко́ростень, historically also Iskorosten') is a historic city and a large railway node in the Zhytomyr Oblast (province) of northern Ukraine. It is located on the Uzh River. Korosten serves as the administrative center of the Korosten Raion (district), though administratively it is not part of the raion and is incorporated as a city of regional significance. Its population is approximately 64,256 (2017 est.)[1], 63525 (January 1, 2018 est.)[2] .

Fragment of monument to knyaz Mal in Korosten


The city was founded over a millennium ago and was the capital of the Drevlyans, an ancient Slavic tribe that was later incorporated into Kievan Rus′. The name may be derived from the word korost 'brushwood, bushes, shrubbery'; the form Iskorosten' sometimes found in early sources is probably based on the common repetition of prepositions in Old East Slavic: iz grada iz... 'from the city from...'.[3]

During World War II, Korosten was occupied by the German Army from August 7, 1941 to December 28, 1943 (it was briefly captured by Red Army forces during the Kiev offensive on November 17, 1943, but they had to retreat after a strong German counterattack). The city was destroyed during the war.

After the nuclear incident in Chernobyl, which is around 90 kilometers away, in May 1986, the city was declared a zone of voluntary evacuation, as it had suffered considerable fallout.


Korosten Industrial Park (KIP) is an industrial zone within the city. Total area — 246 hectares (0.94 sq mi). Conceptual design of the park was developed by Czech design bureau DHV. The project envisages the creation of the territory of the KIP high-tech enterprises, enterprises of light and medium industrial production - the assembly, integration, surface processing, light engineering and electrical industries.

The project is designed for 10 years and is divided into three phases:

  • Conduct communications: roads, railway, electricity, water supply, sanitation; construction and commissioning of the plant manufacturing medium-density fibreboard (MDF) boards;
  • Construction and commissioning of small and medium industrial enterprises (perspective)
  • Construction and development of logistic center (perspective)

By October 2010 all communications are already conducted. Construction of a plant manufacturing MDF boards is almost complete. This plant will become the first manufacturer of MDF boards in Ukraine.

Potato pancakes festival[edit]

Ukrainian monument to Derun in town Korosten

Annually on the third Saturday of September in the city park International potato pancakes (Ukrainian: деруни, translit. deruni’) festival is held.

During the festival, competitions in “potato pancakes triathlon” is held. Triathlon includes such contests:

At the festival works a potato pancakes school :experienced cooks will teach everyone to cook these pancakes.

However, the main intrigue of the festival is the competition for the tastiest pancake. Jury determines the winner. For a few hryvnias each taster can get a patent and thus become a member of the jury.

Various competitions, exhibitions, tasting traditional Polesia beverages, exhibits, performances by folk music ensembles are usually conducted.

September 25, 2010 the festival was held for the third time.


International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Korosten is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ "5. Чисельність наявного населення в розрізі регіонів, районів, міст, селищ міського типу (за оцінкою)". Chyselnist' nayavnoho naselennya Ukrayiny na 1 sichnya 2018 roku Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2018 року [The number of available population of Ukraine as of January 1, 2018] (PDF). State Statistics Service of Ukraine (Report) (in Ukrainian). 2018-06-11. p. 28. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ E.M. Pospelov, Geograficheskie nazvaniya mira (Moscow: Russkie slovari, 1998), p. 216. The earliest references to the town, from the mid-tenth century, are на Коростень град [na Korosten' grad] 'to Korosten city,' Из града ис Коростеня [iz grada is Korostenya] 'from the city [from] Korosten,' and на Изкоростень град [na Izkorosten' grad] 'to Izkorosten city.'

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