A man with a scythe

01.08.2014 | By Ihor Rybalka

Starting from 1997 Kirovohrad oblast lost over 200,000 population, which is comparable to the total population of the oblast center 290,000 as of 2013


Every year several towns and villages disappear from the map of the most central region of Ukraine. They are simply excluded from the state register. The problem can most vividly be seen on the example of the ghosttown Lypnyazhka. The town, built in the 1980s next to a new sugar plant, became a ghost town as the company collapsed.

In this sense, modern Kirovohrad today has a lot in common with the Siberia the number of people living on the richest territories as calculated per square kilometer is approaching the figure below zero.

Be that as it may, the vacant spaces in the central part of the city are already attracting new labor force due to the continuing ATO. While small and medium enterprises from the unruly Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts prefer to migrate to Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and other large cities, it is much more difficult to find a place in metropolises for ordinary workers.

In midJune, Kirovohrad city hall officially announced about 72 families of migrants from the east of Ukraine. By the end of the month another 41 families came in the city. The city council is planning to allocate up to UAH 200 per day for the accommodation of one displaced person. Obviously the employment of the migrant will seize to be just an idle issue as the migration flow grows.


For the moment, the business of dismantling vacated buildings into construction materials and scrap metal is flourishing in Kirovohrad. Meanwhile, the black soil benchmark for theInternational Bureau of Weights and Measures was taken in Kirovohrad oblast. Clearly, the most fertile lands in Europe will not be empty for too long considering the global shortage of food products. At that, the agrarian potential of the region is not limited to the natural resources.

There is a village Sozonivka 20 minutes away from the center of Kirovohrad, where the state company Elitne of the Institute of Agroindustrial Production of the National Academy of the Agrarian Sciences is located. Elitne cultivates 14 main agricultural crops, over 40 sorts of hybrids and is involved in beef breed. However, its main focus is on soy selection. Around 14% of the area under soy in the country is taken by the sorts developed by Elitne.

Companies manufacturing agricultural machinery Chervona Zirka and Hydrosyla continue to function though compared to the Soviet times, they reduced their production volumes. Large processing companies Yatran meat plant and Kreativ are fairly welloff by Ukrainian standards.

Today structural fragmentation strongly interferes with development of the agrarian complex of Kirovohrad, believes local farmer Vasyl Korobeiko. We need a real, feasible and controlled plan of development of the agrarian industry of the region as the agroindustrial complex must be controlled.


The local Tower of Pisa is the unfinished high-rise building that nodded during the construction. Since nobody wants to spend money on dismantling the building, everybody is waiting where and when it will fall. There are quite a few options as the Court of Appeals and the Oblast Prosecutors Office are located right next to it.

In the center of the city, on 4 Dvortsova St, there is the Kropyvnytskiy Musical Drama Theater, the first national Ukrainian theater built back in 1867. On the eve of parliamentary elections 2012 the building was subjected to major repairs.

In February 2013, during the address of Viktor Yanukovych on Dialog with the Country show, merited artist of Ukraine and member of the local company Valentyna Lytvynenko surprised the audience. Her address to the former president is still considered an example of flattery and blandness.

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