Velyki Klishchi

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Velyki Klishchi

Великі Кліщі
Velyki Klishchi is located in Zhytomyr Oblast
Velyki Klishchi
Velyki Klishchi
Location of Velyki Klishchi in Zhytomyr Oblast
Coordinates: 51°04′04″N 29°10′31″E / 51.06778°N 29.17528°E / 51.06778; 29.17528Coordinates: 51°04′04″N 29°10′31″E / 51.06778°N 29.17528°E / 51.06778; 29.17528
Country Ukraine
OblastZhytomyr Oblast
RaionNarodychi Raion
Exclusion ZoneZone of Absolute (Mandatory) Resettlement
Establishedend of 17th century
Liquidated12 February 1991
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Velyki Klishchi (Ukrainian: Великі Кліщі; Russian: Великие Клещи) is a former village (a selo) in the Narodychi Raion of Zhytomyr Oblast in northern Ukraine. The village was evacuated in 1990 following the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

It is located within the "Zone of Absolute (Mandatory) Resettlement" of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which is an officially designated exclusion area around the site of the disaster.[1] A church by the name of St. Michael is located in the village.


The settlement was first mentioned at the end of the 17th century. In 1972, its population was 786, while in 1981, it was 850. The village was the administrative center of the Velyki Klishchi Village Council, a local government area in the raion. Following the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, the village was evacuated in 1990. At the time, 250 families resided in the village. They were all relocated to the village of Lysivka in the oblast's Popilnia Raion with the support of the government.[2]

On 28 December 1990, the Zhytomyr Oblast Council voted to remove Velyki Klishchi and the neighboring village of Poliske from the register of populated places. The process was finalized when the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic published the law on 12 February 1991.[3]

Only one resident of the village remained after the evacuation (a samosel), a woman who died at the age of 60 due to the effects of radiation from the disaster.[4]


  1. ^ Laws of Ukraine. Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decree No. 600-94-п: Про внесення змін і доповнень до постанови Кабінету Міністрів України від 23 липня 1991 р. N 106 (On the making of amendments and additions to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decree dated 23 July 1991 N 106). Adopted on 29 August 1994. (Ukrainian)
  2. ^ Laws of Ukraine. Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR decree No. 333-89-п: Про переселення жителів з населених пунктів Народицького району Житомирської області і Поліського району Київської області, а також будівництво для них об'єктів соціально-побутового і виробничого призначення (On the resettlement of the inhabitants from populated places from the Nardodychi Raion of Zhytomyr Oblast and Poliske Raion of Kiev Oblast, and the construction of objects of social and community production purposes). Adopted on 31 December 1989. (Ukrainian)
  3. ^ "Information card of the decree". Official portal (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ Khrustalev, Andrey (2 April 2011). "Residents of land contaminated by the Chernobyl accident : "We would like to have just a little bit of attention from the central government, and after that the situation will change itself"". Komsomolskaya Pravda v Ukraine (in Russian). Retrieved 5 February 2015.

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