Siege of Ryazan

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Siege of Ryazan
Part of Mongol Invasion of Rus
Rejection Tatars Peace.jpeg
The Ryazan's prince rejects the Mongolss’ tribute demand.
Date December 16-December 21, 1237
Location Old Ryazan
Result Mongol victory; Ryazan burned to the ground[1]
Mongol Empire Principality of Ryazan
Commanders and leaders
Batu Khan Yuriy Igorevich [1]
Unknown; probably large Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown; not very heavy Nearly the entire population of Ryazan

Ryazan was the first Rus city to be besieged by the Mongol invaders under Batu Khan.

In the autumn of 1237 the Mongol Horde led by Batu Khan invaded the Rus' principality of Ryazan. The Prince of Ryazan, Yuriy Igorevich, asked Yuriy Vsevolodovich, the prince of Vladimir, for help, but did not receive any.[2]

The Mongols defeated the vanguard of the Ryazan army[2] and on December 6, 1237 besieged the capital of the principality (this site is now known as Old Ryazan, Staraya Ryazan, and is situated some 50 km from the modern city of Ryazan).[1] The townspeople repelled the first Mongol attacks. The Mongols then used catapults to destroy the city's fortifications. On December 21, Batu Khan's troops stormed the walls, plundered Ryazan, killed Prince Yuriy and his wife, executed nearly all of the city's inhabitants, and burned the city to the ground[1]

The writer of the Rus chronicle described the aftermath of the battle with the words "There was none left to groan and cry". The city of Old Ryazan was completely destroyed and was never rebuilt.

After the destruction of Ryazan, Batu Khan's horde pushed on into the principality of Vladimir-Suzdal.


  1. ^ a b c d Basil Dmytryshyn, Medieval Russia:A source book, 850-1700, (Academic International Press, 2000), 147.
  2. ^ a b Basil Dmytryshyn, Medieval Russia:A source book, 850-1700, 146.