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City of regional significance
Monument of Glory
Monument of Glory
Flag of Chornomorsk
Coat of arms of Chornomorsk
Coat of arms
Chornomorsk is located in Odessa Oblast
Chornomorsk is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 46°18′06.0″N 30°39′25.0″E / 46.301667°N 30.656944°E / 46.301667; 30.656944
Country  Ukraine
Oblast  Odessa Oblast
Municipality Chornomorsk
 • Total 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 29 m (95 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 59,851
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 68000—68090
Area code(s) +380 4868
Climate Cfb

Chornomorsk (Ukrainian: Чорномо́рськ), formerly Illichivsk (Ukrainian: Іллічі́вськ, translit. Illichivs'k, Russian: Ильичёвск, Ilyichyovsk) is a city in the Odessa Oblast (province) of south-western Ukraine, dependent on the Port of Chornomorsk. The city is located around the Sukhyi Estuary. Administratively, Chornomorsk is incorporated as a town of oblast significance. Population: 59,851 (2015 est.)[2]

Chornomorsk sea-front
Park in Chornomorsk
Monument in downtown Chornomorsk
Shkilnyi Stadium


Chornomorsk is situated on the coast of the Black Sea, 12 miles (20 km) south from Odessa.

Administrative status

Chornomorsk is a city of oblast significance within Odessa Oblast.


Chornomorsk, formerly Illichivsk, was granted a city status in 1952 around the port, incorporating surrounding small settlements (dating back to 18th century). Before the construction of the port there was a village Buhovi khutory (Бугові Хутори) that in 1927 was renamed into Illichivsky.

On 15 May 2015 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a bill into law which began a six months period for the removal of communist monuments and the mandatory renaming of settlements with a name related to Communism.[3] On 12 November 2015, the City Council decided to rename the city to Chornomorsk (after the Black Sea coast upon which the city is found). The decision was confirmed by the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) on 4 February 2016.[4] The city was originally named after Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union.

The city was designed to become a new home for the Black Sea Shipping Company (then the largest passenger and commercial vessel operator in the world which declared bankruptcy in early 1990s). Originally a builder's trailer village, Chornomorsk has expanded to become Ukraine's most prosperous town (by income per capita). Residents are mostly employed by the port (one of the largest ports of Europe) and the maritime industry. Residents of Odessa have recently begun relocating to lower-cost but higher-income Chornomorsk.


According to the 2001 Ukrainian Census:

Ethnicity Proportion
Ukrainians 66.5%
Russians 28.5%
Bulgarians 1%
Moldovans, Belarusians, Romanians, and other 4%


Train ferry service to Bulgaria

Chornomorsk was connected by freight train ferry line (426 km) to Varna in Bulgaria in 1978. Four train ferries two Soviet and two Bulgarian ones, named "Hero of Odessa", "Hero of Sevastopol" and "Hero of Schipka", "Hero of Pleven" which could take in three decks a total of 108 two bogie (four axle) Soviet freight cars. In the first ten-year period (1978–1988), these train ferries had transported 1.000.000 freight cars between Illichivsk and Varna. This train ferry service took 17 hours in both directions. The Bulgarians built gauge changing apparatus at Varna which made it possible to change bogies of 24 freight cars in one hour thirty minutes.


Chornomorsk local economy is largely oriented to the sea. The biggest employer is a State Enterprise: "Chornomorsk Maritime Trade Port". The headquarters and manufacturing facilities of "Antarctica" (Ukraine's largest fishing company) are also located in Chornomorsk. Other major maritime shipping companies have also chosen to open their offices in Chornomorsk. The city's healthy economy continues to attract new businesses and residents.

The city also has a freight railway station Chornomorsk.

The port is on one of the freight routes of China's proposed Eurasian Land Bridge (part of the "New Silk Road"), which would see an eastern link to China via ferry to Georgia, Azerbaijan and across the Caspian Sea, and a western link by train to western Europe.[5]

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Chornomorsk is twinned with:


  1. ^ Державний комітет статистики України. Чисельність наявного населення України на 1 січня 2011 року, Київ-2011 (doc) Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Poroshenko signed the laws about decomunization. Ukrayinska Pravda. 15 May 2015
    Poroshenko signs laws on denouncing Communist, Nazi regimes, Interfax-Ukraine. 15 May 20
    Goodbye, Lenin: Ukraine moves to ban communist symbols, BBC News (14 April 2015)
  4. ^ Decommunisation continues: Rada renames several towns and villages, UNIAN (4 February 2016)
    "Rada de-communized Artemivsk as well as over hundred cities and villages" (in Ukrainian). 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Dyussembekova, Zhazira (21 January 2016). "Silk Road Renewed With Launch of New Commercial Transit Route". The Astana Times. 

External links

  • Media related to Category:Chornomorsk at Wikimedia Commons
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