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The former water tower in the center of Vinnytsia, Ukraine (now the War Veterans' Museum). View in the winter evening.
The former water tower in the center of Vinnytsia, Ukraine (now the War Veterans' Museum). View in the winter evening.
Flag of Vinnytsia
Coat of arms of Vinnytsia
Coat of arms
pearl of Podolia
Vinnytsia is located in Vinnytsia Oblast
Vinnytsia is located in Ukraine
Coordinates: 49°14′N 28°29′E / 49.233°N 28.483°E / 49.233; 28.483Coordinates: 49°14′N 28°29′E / 49.233°N 28.483°E / 49.233; 28.483
Country  Ukraine
Oblast  Vinnytsia Oblast
Raion Vinnytsia City Municipality
Founded 1363
 • Mayor Serhiy Morhunov [uk]
 • City of regional significance 113,2 km2 (437 sq mi)
 • City of regional significance 372,484
 • Density 5,066/km2 (13,120/sq mi)
 • Metro
Time zones UTC+2
Postal code
Area code(s) +380 432
Sister cities Birmingham, Kielce, Peterborough, Rîbnița

Vinnytsia (Ukrainian: Ві́нниця, translit. Vinnycja, pronounced [ˈʋinːɪtsʲɐ]; German: Winniza, Polish: Winnica, Romanian: Vinița, Russian: Ви́нница, translit. Vinnica and Yiddish: וויניצע‎, translit. Vinitse) is a city in west-central Ukraine, located on the banks of the Southern Bug.

It is the administrative center of Vinnytsia Oblast and the largest city in the historic region of Podillia. Administratively, it is incorporated as a town of oblast significance. It also serves as an administrative center of Vinnytsia Raion, one of the 27 districts of Vinnytsia Oblast, though it is not a part of the district. Population: 372,484 (2015 est.)[1]

The city's roots date back to the Middle Ages and it was under Polish control for centuries until the Russian Empire annexed it in 1793. During 1930s and early 1940s the city was the site of massacres, first during Stalin's purges and then during the Holocaust in Ukraine and the Nazi occupation. A Cold War-era airbase was located near the city.


The name of Vinnytsia appeared for the first time in 1363. It is assumed that the name is derived from the old Slavic word "Vino", meaning "given as a gift." This name can be explained by the fact that the Vinnytsia and surrounding land were captured by Lithuanian Duke Algirdas in the 14th century, and then, they were given as a gift to his nephews. [2]



Vinnytsia is located about 260 km (160 mi) southwest of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, 429 km (267 mi) north-northwest of the Black Sea port city of Odessa, and 369 km (229 mi) east of Lviv.

It is the administrative center of the Vinnytsia Oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Vinnytsia Raion (district) within the oblast. The city itself is directly subordinated to the oblast.


A long lasting warm summer with a sufficient quantity of moisture and a comparatively short winter is characteristic of Vinnytsia. The average temperature in January is −5.8 °C (21.6 °F) and 18.3 °C (64.9 °F) in July. The average annual precipitation is 638 mm (25 in).

Over the course of a year there are around 6–9 days when snowstorms occur, 37–60 days when mists occur during the cold period, and 3–5 days when thunderstorms with hail occur.

Climate data for Vinnytsia, Ukraine
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.6
Average high °C (°F) −1.4
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.1
Average low °C (°F) −6.7
Record low °C (°F) −35.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 29
Average rainy days 7 6 10 13 14 15 15 10 12 11 12 9 134
Average snowy days 16 16 11 3 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 8 14 69
Average relative humidity (%) 85 83 78 68 66 72 72 71 76 80 86 88 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 58 70 114 171 248 255 267 261 194 132 58 41 1,869
Source #1:[3]
Source #2: NOAA (sun only 1961–1990)[4]


From Medieval to Early Modern period

Historical affiliations
Grand Duchy of Lithuania 1363–1569

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1569–1672
Ottoman Empire 1672–1699
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1699–1793
 Russian Empire 1793–1917
Russia Russian Republic 1917
Ukraine Various Ukrainian states 1917–1920
Soviet Ukraine 1920–1922
 Soviet Union 1922–1991 (Occupied by Nazi Germany between 1941-1944)

 Ukraine 1991–present

Vinnytsia has been an important trade and political center since the fourteenth century, when Fiodor Koriatowicz, the nephew of the Lithuanian Duke Algirdas, built a fortress (1363) against Tatar raiders on the banks of the Southern Bug. The original settlement was built and populated by Aleksander Hrehorovicz Jelec, hetman under Lithuanian Prince Švitrigaila. Aleksander Jelec built the fort, which he commanded as starosta afterwards.

In the 15th century, Lithuanian Grand Duke Alexander Jagiellon granted Winnica Magdeburg city rights. In 1566, it became part of the Bracław Voivodeship. Between 1569 and 1793 the town was a part of Poland and in this period, for a short time between 1672 and 1699 was a part of the Ottoman Empire. During period of Polish rule, Winnica was a Polish royal city. On March 18, 1783, Antoni Protazy Potocki opened in Winnica the Trade Company Poland.

After Second Partition of Poland in 1793 the Russian Empire annexed the city and the region. Russia moved to expunge the Roman Catholic religion – Catholic churches in the city (including what is now the Transfiguration Cathedral) were converted to Russian Orthodox churches.

Vinnytsia on a 1910s postcard

According to the Russian census of 1897, Vinnytsia with a population of 30,563 was the third largest city of Podolia after Kamianets-Podilskyi and Uman.

World War II

Vinnytsia was occupied by German troops on 19 July 1941 during World War II. In 1943, the Germans exhumed 9,439 bodies, mostly male and ethnically Ukrainian, from mass graves to discredit Soviet Communist government claims that men had been sent to prison, and not executed.[citation needed] The majority of the executions were believed to have happened during the Stalinist Great Purge between 1937–1938 in the Vinnytsia massacre.

Adolf Hitler sited his eastern headquarters, Führerhauptquartier Werwolf or Wehrwolf, at the Wehrmacht headquarters [5] near the town; the complex was built in 1941-1942 by Russian prisoners of war; many of them were subsequently killed.[6] Hitler's accommodation consisted of a log cabin built around a private courtyard with its own concrete bunker[7] but the complex included about 20 other log buildings, a power generating station, gardens, wells, three bunkers, a swimming pool, and wire; it was surrounded by defensive positions.[8] Hitler spent a number of weeks at Wehrwolf in 1942 and early 1943.[9] The few remains of the Wehrwolf site (described by one report as a "pile of concrete", because it was destroyed by the Nazis in 1944,)[10] can be visited but plans to create a full-fledged museum had not come to fruition as of August 2018.[11][12]

Nazi atrocities were committed in and near Vinnytsia by Einsatzgruppe C. Estimates of the number of victims often run as high as 28,000 although historian Oliver Rathkolb states that 35,000 Jews were deported from the Vinnytsia region and most of those later died.[13]

The last Jew in Vinnitsa

In 1942 a large part of the Jewish quarter of Yerusalimka was destroyed by Germans. One infamous photo, The Last Jew of Vinnytsia, shows a member of Einsatzgruppe D about to execute a Jewish man kneeling before a mass grave.[14] The text The Last Jew of Vinnytsia was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier. It was captured by the Red Army on 20 March 1944.

Cold War period

Since the end of World War II, Vinnytsia has been the home for major Soviet Air Forces base, including an airfield, a hospital, arsenals, and other military installations. The headquarters of the 43rd Rocket Army of the Strategic Rocket Forces was stationed in Vinnytsia from 1960 to the early 1990s.[15] The 2nd Independent Heavy Bomber Aviation Corps, which later became 24th Air Army, was also stationed in Vinnytsia from 1960 to 1992. The Ukrainian Air Force Command has been based in Vinnytsia since 1992.[citation needed]

Spy town

In early 1959, Major Per Lindgren, writing in the Swedish military journal "Contact with the Armed Forces" reported that the Soviet Union had built a school in Vinnytsia for training KGB infiltrators in how to live in the United States. A mock-up of an entire American small town was built, complete with American-style stores, movie theater, houses, restaurants, American vehicles, and a small college campus that served as the classrooms of the school.[16][17]

In 1960 the Central Intelligence Agency created a educational documentary entitled "Spy Town".[18]


There are many educational universities and research institutions in Vinnytsia:

There is also the Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Kliment Timiryazev in Vinnytsia.


Vinnytsia is a tourist[citation needed], scientific and industrial center in Ukraine.

There are the Roshen confectionery corporation, the Crystal diamond polishing corporation,[19] RPC Fort largest Ukrainian firearms manufacturing corporation, Analog corporation,[20] Mayak corporation,[21] Budmash corporation,[22] Agregat corporation,[23] Pnevmatika corporation,[24] etc.

The headquarters of the Ukrainian Air Force is situated in Vinnytsia.


Vinnytsia is considered the long-time political base for the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. He owns a local confectionery (as part of the Roshen Corporation) and was elected member of parliament from the local constituency for several convocations. However, contrary to some speculations, Poroshenko has never lived in the city.

The present Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman is from Vinnytsia.

Greek Catholic Church as seen from South Bug River in Vinnytsia

Parks and squares

Central urban park in Vinnytsia

Park of Culture and Rest named after Maxim Gorky located in Vinnytsia city - between the streets of the Cathedral (center), May Day and Khmelnytsky highway.

The park is 40 hectares.

In the park there are numerous monuments (Gorky at the main entrance ,soldiers in Afghanistan ,Sich Riflemen, killed police officers), and "Walk illustrious countrymen" are objects of leisure and recreation: a concert hall "Rainbow", a summer theater, stadium, ice club, city planetarium, numerous attractions and gaming machines.

For more than 70 years history of the park has always been a place of celebration as the general public and local/municipal events and holidays. Fine tradition was held in the park folk festivals and holidays is particularly on City Day, Victory Day, Independence Day and more.

New Orthodox Church Construction in Vinnytsia
Concert Hall in Vinnytsia
Ukrainian Aviation Monument in Vinnytsia
Mansion-museum[25] of Nikolay Pirogov.
Fountain Roshen[26] is the only one in Ukraine and the largest floating fountain in Europe, built in the river Southern Buh in Vinnytsia City near Festivalny Isle (Campa Isle)

Buildings and structures

  • The Transfiguration Cathedral, built in Vinnytsia in 1758.
  • The new Greek Catholic Church at South Bug river.
  • Baptist Church – reportedly one of the largest Evangelical Church Buildings in Europe.
  • TV Tower Vinnytsia
  • Vaksman family’s real estate, 1915 – Style: Art Nouveau. Address: 24 Chkalov Street. Built by architect Moisey Aaronovitch Vaksman. Architectural landmark.
  • Afghan War Museum and War Glory Memorial Park – The Afghan War Museum is located in the red-brick bell tower. Exhibits include photos, letters and other artifacts representing Vinnytsia soldiers who fought in that war. The Memorial Park contains a large statue representing three different soldiers from World War II. An eternal flame burns in front of the statue.
  • Multimedia Fountain Roshen – Built in 2011 it is considered as one of the largest floating fountains in Europe.[27] It is the major multimedia attraction in the city.
  • The Literary and Memorial Museum of the “great sun-lover”, classical author of Ukrainian literature M.M.Kotsyubynsky, is very popular among local inhabitants and guests; it is also a place of development for creative youth. In the city, numerous historical buildings are being repaired and new ones are being built.
  • The national Pirogov's estate museum



Havryshivka International Airport (IATA: VIN, ICAO: UKWW) is situated near Vinnytsia.


There is a railway station in Vinnytsia, which is a part of 'South-Western Railway'. In 2013 it was named among 10 biggest railway stations in Ukraine[28] Current building of Vinnytsia railway station was built in 1952 and considered to be the 4th railway building in Vinnytsia (previous three were destroyed in different years). Vinnytsia is an important transport point, both for internal and external railway connection. Most of the international trains, which cross through Ukraine, have a stop in Vinnytsia. For example, trains from Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Sofia (Bulgaria), Chisinau (Moldova), Bratislava (Slovakia), Belgrade (Serbia), Budapest (Hungary) transit through Vinnytsia.[28] [In internal railiway connection, Vinnytsia is also an important transport point for trains, heading to Western Ukraine (Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi) and to South (Odessa), as well as to Central Ukraine (Kiev).

Vinnytsia railway station, Ukraine


The tram is the most popular public transport in Vinnytsia. There are six tram routes in Vinnytsia (1,2,3,4,5,6).[29]

The table of tram routes in Vinnytsia
Number of the route Route starting and ending point
1 The railway station (Zaliznychnyi vokzal) - Elektromerezha.
2 Barske Shose - Vyshynka
3 Vyshynka - Electromerezha
4 Barske Shose - the Railway station (Zaliznychnyi vokzal)
5 Barske Shose - Elektromerezha
6 The railway station (Zaliznychnyi vokzal) - Vyshynka.

There are a lot of trams in Vinnytsia. The newest ones (blue trams) are from Switzerland.

Old diesel locomotive TEM2M-063 in Vinnytsia railway station, Ukraine


There are the central bus station[30] and the Western bus station in Vinnytsia.[31][32]

Vinnytsia Transit Map
Unofficial transit map of Vinnytsia featuring tram, trolleybus, bus and minibus (marshrutka) routes
Modern bus at Western bus station in Vinnytsia

Notable people

The house where Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky was born.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Vinnytsia is twinned with:[33]


See also


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  10. ^ "Hitler's headquarters "Werwolf"". The Koz Telegram. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
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  12. ^ "Hitler's headquarters "Werwolf"". 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
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  14. ^ "The last Jew in Vinnytsia [1941]". World's famous photos. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  15. ^ "43rd Missile Army". Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  16. ^ KGB Spy Town
  17. ^ Author Unknown, (1959, April 27), RUSSIA: Iowa in the Ukraine, 'Time Magazine', Retrieved from,9171,811036,00.html
  18. ^ "Small Town Espionage – 1960 Soviet Spy School / CIA Educational Documentary – WDTVLIVE42". YouTube. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
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  25. ^ "The national Pirogov's estate museum". Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  26. ^ "About fountain :: Europe's largest floating fountain". Retrieved 2013-01-05.
  27. ^ "Roshen Fountain in Vinnitsa was opened! :: Confectionery Corporation ROSHEN". Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
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  34. ^ "Kardeş Şehirler". Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Basın Koordinasyon Merkez. Tüm Hakları Saklıdır. Retrieved 2013-07-27.

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