|Nickname(s): Одещина (Odeshchyna)|
|• Governor||Mikheil Saakashvili (independent)|
|• Oblast council||120 seats|
|• Chairperson||Mykhailo Shmushkovych|
|• Total||33,310 km2 (12,860 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 1st|
|Population (September 1, 2013)|
|• Rank||Ranked 6|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|ISO 3166 code||UA-51|
— Regional cities
Odessa Oblast (also spelled Odesa Oblast; Ukrainian: Одеська область, Odes’ka oblast’; also Odeshchyna (Одещина)) is an oblast or province of southwestern Ukraine located along the northern coast of the Black Sea. Its administrative center is the city of Odessa.
The region is the biggest in Ukraine by area making it as big as either Belgium or the Netherlands. The length of sea and estuaries coast reaches 300 km (190 mi), while the state border – 1,200 km (750 mi). The region has eight sea ports, over 80,000 ha (200,000 acres) of vineyards, and five the biggest lakes in Ukraine. One of the biggest one is Yalpuh Lake which is as big as the city of Odessa itself. The resettlers out of Odessa did not invent any new names for their new homes, therefore in the United States alone there are 11 settlements called Odessa.
Evidence of the earliest inhabitants in this area comes from the settlements and burial grounds of the Neolithic Gumelniţa, Cucuteni-Trypillian and Usatovo cultures, as well as from the tumuli and hoards of the Bronze Age Proto-Indo-Europeans. In the 1st millennium B.C. the Milesian Greeks founded colonies along the northern coast of the Black Sea, including the towns of Olbia, Tyras, Niconium, Panticapaeum, and Chersonesus. The Greeks left behind painted vessels, ceramics, sculptures, inscriptions, arts and crafts that indicate the prosperity of their ancient civilisation.
The culture of Scythian tribes inhabiting the Black Sea littoral steppes in the first millennium B.C. is represented by finds from settlements and burial grounds, including weapons, bronze cauldrons, other utensils, and adornments. By the beginning of the 1st millennium A.D. the Sarmatians displaced the Scythians. In the 3rd–4th centuries A.D. a tribal alliance, represented by the items of Chernyakhov culture, developed. From the middle of the first millennium the formation of the Slavic people began. In the 9th century the Slavs became united into a state with Kiev as its centre. The Khazars, Polovtsy and Pechenegs were the Slavs' neighbours during different times. Archeological evidence of the period of the 9th–14th centuries survives in materials from the settlements and cities of Kievan Rus': Belgorod, Caffa-Theodosia, and Berezan Island.
In 1593 the Ottoman Empire set up in the area what became known as its Dnieper Province (Özü Eyalet), unofficially known as the Khanate of Ukraine. Russian historiography refers to it as the Ochakov Oblast. The territory of the Odessa oblast passed to Russia in 1791 in the course of the Russian southern expansion towards the Black Sea at the end of 18th century. Subsequently the Russians colonized the area intensively, establishing new cities and ports. In less than a hundred years the city of Odessa grew from a small fortress to the biggest metropolis of New Russia.
After the February Revolution of 1917 in Russia the area became part of the Ukrainian People's Republic (1917-1918), but soon succumbed first to the Russian Volunteer Army (part of the White movement and then to the Russian Bolshevik Red Army. By 1920 the Soviet authorities had secured the territory of Odessa Oblast, which became part of the Ukrainian SSR. The oblast was established on 27 February 1932 from five districts:
- Odessa Okruha
- Pervomaisk Okruha
- Kirovohrad Okruha
- Mykolaiv Okruha
- Kherson Okruha
Odessa Oblast was enlarged in July 1940 as a result of the 28th of June 1940 Soviet Ultimatum sent to the Kingdom of Romania and the 40 hours latter invasion of Bessarabia. Northern and Southern parts of Bessarabia were given to Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
During World War II Romania occupied the oblast and administered it as part of the Transnistria Province (1941-1944). After the war the Soviet administration reestablished the oblast with its pre-war borders. Odessa Oblast expanded in 1954 to absorb Izmail Oblast (formerly known as the Budjak region of Bessarabia).
During the 1991 referendum, 85.38% of votes in Odessa Oblast were in favor of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. A survey conducted in December 2014 by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology found 2.3% of the oblast's population supported their region joining Russia, 91.5% did not support the idea, and the rest were undecided or did not respond. A poll by Alexei Navalny found similar results.
The country's largest oblast by area, it occupies an area of around 33,300 square kilometres (12,900 sq mi). It is characterised by largely flat steppes divided by the estuary of the Dniester river. Its Black Sea coast comprises numerous sandy beaches, estuaries and lagoons. The region's soils are renowned for their fertility, and intensive agriculture is the mainstay of the local economy. The southwest possesses many orchards and vineyards, while arable crops are grown throughout the region.
Points of interest
Significant branches of the oblast's economy are:
- oil refining and chemicals processing
- transportation (important sea and river ports, oil pipelines and railway);
- viticulture and other forms of agriculture, notably the growing of wheat, maize, barley, sunflowers and sugar beets.
The region's industrial capability is principally concentrated in and around Odessa.
The oblast's population (as of 2004) is 2.4 million people, nearly 40% of whom live in the city of Odessa.
Significant Bulgarian (6.1%) and Romanian (5.0%) minorities reside in the province. It has the highest proportion of Jews of any oblast in Ukraine (although smaller than the Autonomous City of Kiev) and there is a small Greek community in the city of Odessa.
- 0-14 years: 15.5% (male 188,937/female 179,536)
- 15-64 years: 70.7% (male 812,411/female 867,706)
- 65 years and over: 14.0% (male 116,702/female 218,808) (2013 official)
- total: 38.4 years
- male: 35.4 years
- female: 41.5 years (2013 official)
The Odessa Oblast is administratively subdivided into 26 raions (districts) and 7 municipalities which are directly subordinate to the oblast government - (Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi and Chornomorsk), (Izmail, Kotovsk, Teplodar, Yuzhne and the administrative center of the oblast, Odessa).
|Admin.center||Urban Population Only*|
|Odessa||Одеса (місто)||139||1,010,490||Odessa (city)||1,010,490|
|Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi||Білгород-Дністровський (місто)||31||57,559||Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (city)||57,559|
|Chornomorsk||Чорноморськ (місто)||25||72,553||Chornomorsk (city)||67,323|
|Izmail||Ізмаї́л (місто)||53||72,266||Izmail (city)||72,266|
|Kotovsk||Котовськ (місто)||25||40,613||Kotovsk (city)||40,613|
|Teplodar||Теплодар (місто)||3||10,277||Teplodar (city)||10,277|
|Yuzhne||Южне (місто)||9||32,149||Yuzhne (city)||32,149|
|Ananyivyi Raion||Ананьївський (район)||1,050||26,999||Ananyiv||8,441|
|Artsyzyi Raion ^||Арцизький (район)||1,379||45,274||Artsyz||14,886|
|Baltiskyi Raion||Балтський (район)||1,317||41,666||Balta||18,940|
|Berezivskyi Raion||Березівський (район)||1,637||33,930||Berezivka||12,614|
|Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Raion ^||Білгород-Дністровський (район)||1,852||60,774||Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (city)||N/A *|
|Biliaivkyi Raion||Біляївський (район)||1,497||94,083||Biliaivka||14,334|
|Bolhradskyi Raion ^||Болградський (район)||1,364||69,148||Bolhrad||15,451|
|Frunzivkyi Raion||Фрунзівський (район)||956||20,233||Frunzivka||8,881|
|Ivanivkyi Raion||Іванівський (район)||1,162||26,604||Ivanivka||8,807|
|Izmailyi Raion *||Ізмаїльський (район)||1,194||51,584||Izmail (city)||N/A *|
|Kiliyskyi Raion ^||Кілійський (район)||1,358||52,400||Kiliya||28,434|
|Kodymskyi Raion||Кодимський (район)||818||29,586||Kodyma||11,195|
|Kominternivskyi Raion||Комінтернівський (район)||1,499||71,158||Kominternivske||14,028|
|Kotovskyi Raion||Котовський (район)||1,037||27,091||Kotovsk (city)||N/A *|
|Krasno Oknyaskyi Raion||Красноокнянський (район)||1,013||20,186||Krasni Okny||5,338|
|Liubashivskyi Raion||Любашівський (район)||1,100||30,688||Liubashivka||10,954|
|Mykolaivskyi Raion||Миколаївський (район)||1,093||16,127||Mykolaivka||2,850|
|Ovidiopolskyi Raion||Овідіопольський (район)||829||78,941||Ovidiopol||32,486|
|Renskyi Raion ^||Ренійський (район)||861||58,352||Reni||25,527|
|Rozdilnanskyi Raion||Роздільнянський (район)||1,368||37,353||Rozdilna||19,003|
|Saratskyi Raion ^||Саратський (район)||1,474||45,057||Sarata||4,351|
|Savranskyi Raion||Савранський (район)||617||19,083||Savran||6,420|
|Shyriaivskyi Raion||Ширяївський (район)||1,502||27,151||Shyriaieve||6,781|
|Tarutynskyi Raion ^||Тарутинський (район)||1,874||41,603||Tarutyne||12,932|
|Tatarbunarskyi Raion ^||Татарбунарський (район)||1,748||38,825||Tatarbunary||10,988|
|Velyko Mykhailivkyi Raion||Великомихайлівський (район)||1,436||31,006||Velyka Mykhailivka||8,472|
Note: An asterisk (^) indicates the two municipalities and nine raions which previously constituted Izmail Oblast until that former oblast's merger with Odessa Oblast on 15 February 1954; these areas lie to the west of the Dniester River, and formerly constituted the territory known as the Budjak (southern Bessarabia). Note: Asterisks (*) Though the administrative center of the rayon is housed in the city/town that its named after, cities do not answer to the rayon authorities only towns do; instead they are directly subordinated to the oblast government and therefore are not counted as part of rayon statistics.
Most of Ukraine's oblasts are named after their capital cities, officially referred to as "oblast centers" (Ukrainian: обласний центр, translit. oblasnyi tsentr). The name of each oblast is a relative adjective, formed by adding a feminine suffix to the name of respective center city: Odessa is the center of the Odes’ka oblast’ (Odessa Oblast). Most oblasts are also sometimes referred to in a feminine noun form, following the convention of traditional regional place names, ending with the suffix "-shchyna", as is the case with the Odessa Oblast, Odeshchyna. In Romanian, it is known as Regiunea Odesa, and in Greek, as Οδησσός.
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On the left shore of the River Nistru [Dniester] there was the Khanate of Ukraine and of the properties of the Polish Crown, and their inhabitants, until the end of the 18th century, were the Moldavians[.]
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[...] the war with the Ottoman Empire [...] ended with the Treaty of Eternal Peace in December 1791, whereby the so-called Ochakiv (Ochakov) oblast was brought into the empire.
- Лише 3% українців хочуть приєднання їх області до Росії [Only 3% of Ukrainians want their region to become part of Russia]. Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (in Ukrainian). 3 January 2015.
- Results of the 2001 All-Ukrainian population census for the Odessa oblast
- "Population Quantity". UkrStat (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 7 January 2016.
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