|Nickname(s): Одещина (Odeshchyna)|
|• Governor||Mikheil Saakashvili (independent)|
|• Oblast council||120 seats|
|• 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
Odesa Oblast (also spelled Odessa 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.
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 Odesa 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 Odesa 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 Odesa Oblast, which became part of the Ukrainian SSR. The oblast was established on 27 February 1932 from five districts:
- Odesa Okruha
- Pervomaisk Okruha
- Kirovohrad Okruha
- Mykolaiv Okruha
- Kherson Okruha
In 1937 eastern portions of the Odesa Oblast were split to create the Mykolaiv Oblast.
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. Odesa 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 Odesa 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 Odesa.
The oblast's population (as of 2004) is 2.4 million people, nearly 40% of whom live in the city of Odesa.
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 Odesa.
- 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 Odesa Oblast is administratively subdivided into 26 raions (districts) and 7 municipalities which are directly subordinate to the oblast government - 2 mis'krada (Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi and Illichivsk); and 5 misto (Izmail, Kotovsk, Teplodar, Yuzhne and the administrative center of the oblast, Odessa).
1 Jan 2012
|Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (city) *||Білгород-Дністровськ (Міськрада)||31||58,436||57,206||Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi|
|Illichivsk (city)||Іллічівськ (Міськрада)||25||63,726||71,691||Illichivs'k|
|Izmail (city) *||Ізмаїлі (місто)||53||84,815||73,651||-|
|Kotovsk (city)||Котовськ (місто)||15||40,718||40,700||-|
|Odesa (city)||Одеса (місто)||139||1,029,049||1,008,162||-|
|Teplodar (city)||Теплодар (місто)||3||8,830||10,165||-|
|Yuzhne (city)||Южне (місто)||9||23,977||30,857||-|
|Ananyiv Raion||Ананьївський (район)||1,050||32,619||28,013||Ananyiv|
|Artsyz Raion *||Арцизький (район)||1,379||51,251||46,213||Artsyz|
|Balta Raion||Балтський (район)||1,317||48,697||43,081||Balta|
|Berezivka Raion||Березівський (район)||1,637||36,173||34,006||Berezivka|
|Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Raion *||Білгород-Дністровський (район)||1,852||62,255||60,378||Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi|
|Biliaivka Raion||Біляївський (район)||1,497||103,988||93,242||Biliaivka|
|Bolhrad Raion *||Болградський (район)||1,364||73,991||69,572||Bolhrad|
|Frunzivka Raion||Фрунзівський (район)||956||20,944||20,091||Frunzivka|
|Ivanivka Raion||Іванівський (район)||1,162||29,184||26,828||Ivanivka|
|Izmail Raion *||Ізмаїльський (район)||1,194||54,550||52,031||Izmail|
|Kiliya Raion *||Кілійський (район)||1,358||58,707||53,585||Kilia|
|Kodyma Raion||Кодимський (район)||818||34,523||30,484||Kodyma|
|Kominternivske Raion||Комінтернівський (район)||1,499||67,207||69,243||Kominternivske|
|Kotovsk Raion||Котовський (район)||1,037||30,627||28,018||Kotovsk|
|Krasni Okny Raion||Красноокнянський (район)||1,013||22,872||20,433||Krasni Okny|
|Liubashivka Raion||Любашівський (район)||1,100||33,544||31,089||Liubashivka|
|Mykolaivka Raion||Миколаївський (район)||1,093||20,158||16,599||Mykolaivka|
|Ovidiopol Raion||Овідіопольський (район)||829||60,294||72,097||Ovidiopol|
|Reni Raion *||Ренійський (район)||861||39,903||37,986||Reni|
|Rozdilna Raion||Роздільнянський (район)||1,368||56,727||57,677||Rozdilna|
|Sarata Raion *||Саратський (район)||1,474||49,911||45,813||Sarata|
|Savran Raion||Савранський (район)||617||22,176||19,740||Savran|
|Shyriaieve Raion||Ширяївський (район)||1,502||29,754||27,494||Shyriaieve|
|Tarutyne Raion *||Тарутинський (район)||1,874||45,175||41,975||Tarutyne|
|Tatarbunary Raion *||Татарбунарський (район)||1,748||41,573||39,164||Tatarbunary|
|Velyka Mykhailivka Raion||Великомихайлівський (район)||1,436||32,703||31,013||Velyka Mykhailivka|
- Note: An asterisk (*) indicates the two municipalities and nine raions which previously constituted Izmail Oblast until that former oblast's merger with Odesa 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).
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’ (Odesa 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 Odesa Oblast, Odeshchyna. In Romanian, it is known as Regiunea Odesa, and in Greek, as Οδησσός.
- "State Statistics Committee of Ukraine". Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- Secrieru, Mihaela. "Republic of Moldavia – an Intermezzo on the Signing and the Ratification of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages" (PDF). Iași: “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
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[.]
- Friesen, Leonard G. (2008). Rural Revolutions in Southern Ukraine: Peasants, Nobles, and Colonists, 1774-1905. Harvard series in Ukrainian studies 59. Harvard University Press. p. 40. ISBN 9781932650006. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
[...] 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 Odesa oblast
- State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, Kiev.
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