Avangard Territorial Community
The Avangard community is located in the south of Odesa. Its administrative center is the settlement of Avangard. The distance from the settlement to the regional center – the city of Odesa – is 13 kilometers.
The community includes five population centers. The area of the community is 73.87 km2
The actual population of the community is 44,652 people.
Internally displaced persons: 4,652.
In the late 2017, two population centers of the Ovidiopol district – Avangard and Prylymanske – merged within the framework of the local self-government reform and managed to embark on the path towards significant changes for the better. In 2019, the village of Nova Dolyna joined, and on October 25, 2020, another local election was held in Ukraine, after which, in accordance with the new administrative and territorial structure of the country, the urban-type settlement of Khlibodarske and the settlement of Radisne were included in the Avangard settlement territorial community.
On December 19, 1989, the famous Seventh Kilometer began its trading activities on the lands of Avangard – traders from the Starokinnyi Market were “transferred” outside the city. Odesans began to acclimate in the new place.
The founder of the Manufactured Goods Market, Viktor Dobrianskyi, at that time managed the state-owned farming enterprise Avangard and was able to obtain permission from the authorities to lease an abandoned field from the state-owned farming enterprise to be used as a manufactured goods market.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, an economic crisis erupted, and for many, trade became the only way to survive. Very soon, instead of tables, containers written off in the seaport appeared on the market: they were perfect for a small shop. They could be locked and held a lot of goods. Containers are still on the market now.
The total area of the market is 110 hectares. 75 hectares of them have been developed
Historical facts give reason to assert certain connections between the territory of the community and the Federal Republic of Germany. The local historian, Serhiy Arhatiuk, in his book entitled Cossack Festival TATARKA 1793, mentions Catholic Priest Rudolf Nikolaus Reichert (R.N. Reichert: 1843-1905), whose hamlet was located on the lands that are now part of the Avangard community.
The Children’s Village for homeless children was established on the land plots near the modern Two Pillars (in the area of the settlement of Khlibodarske, Avangard community), which belonged to former religious organizations and lay on both sides of the Zastava-Tiraspol-Dalnyk road – the Catholic hamlet, Reichert’s land and the plots that belonged to the Archangel Michael Church at Moldvanka and the church at the St. Michael’s Monastery.
Economy and Welfare
The productive specialization of the community is trade, related services, industry, as well as agricultural production (plant growing).
Several highways of international and regional importance cross the community, contributing to its convenient infrastructure and accessibility for various types of transport. In addition, the proximity of the International Airport Odesa and the railway station Odesa Zahidna strengthens its connection with the outside world and regions of Ukraine.
The community has Eastern Europe’s largest manufactured goods market, known under the name Seventh Kilometer (Manufactured Goods Market Limited Liability Company) and the logistics center of the Imperial Holding, which was founded in 1993 and is the leader in the import of bananas to Ukraine from the countries of Latin America.
Despite the lack of access to the sea, the community has a modern water park Odesa which has 27 water attractions, 5 swimming pools, 6 sunbathing areas, a children’s aqua park and many other entertainments for a comfortable rest of all family members.
In the settlement of Khlibodarske, Avangard community, there is the Engineering and Technological Institute Biotechnics of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine which created and maintains Ukraine’s only collection of microorganism cultures for plant protection products which includes more than 120 strains of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi). This makes it possible to create a complex system of biological protection of plants.
The introduction of a new quality of education in community institutions has been one of the priority areas of activity of the community.
In order to create comfortable conditions for the residents of the village of Prylymanske to receive educational services, major repairs of the Prylymanske secondary school were carried out and the surrounding area was improved in 2018-2020.
In November 2021, the reconstruction of the premises of the Nova Dolyna began.
With the goal of 100% coverage of community children of the appropriate age with pre-school education, the Avangard Settlement Council initiated the start of the project, Construction of a kindergarten seating 190 children. In 2019, this project was submitted for participation in the competition of programs and projects of the State Regional Development Fund. The kindergarten, built from scratch in nine months, has comfortable play and sleeping rooms, a medical unit and a food unit. The kindergarten also has computer class and music class with instruments.
There are four schools in the Avangard community, one of which, Prylymanske school, had a record ten first grades in 2021. In total, almost 1,800 children study at the Prylymanske Lyceum.
In 2021, the Avangard Administrative Services Center was named the winner of the All-Ukrainian competition, Best Practices of Personnel Management in the category: Best Practice of Creating and Maintaining a Comfortable Workplace Environment.
In 2019, the construction of the first secondary school in the settlement of Avangard began. The project was implemented at the expense of the State Regional Development Fund and the local budget.
The community actively cares about the health of its residents. The Avangard Clinic of General Practice of Family Medicine operates here and is represented by 5 branches located in the villages of the community.
There is a Center for Cultural Services in the community which has 4 libraries and 28 vocals, choreography, vocal & instrumental, theater, music, modeling, and art studios.
In the Avangard community, they also take care of landscaping and improvements.
In 2011, the settlement of Avangard was awarded the transition cup and diploma of the Settlement of the Best Improvements in the All-Ukrainian competition, A Population Center of the Best Improvements and Maintenance of Public Order.
In 2012, 2016 and 2020, the settlement of Avangard won the regional competition of village and settlement councils for the development of social infrastructure and on-site improvements.
In 2021, Prylymanske received a first degree diploma as a winner of the annual regional competition, The Odesa Region’s Best Rural Population Center in Terms of Improvements (among the population centers of the central districts).
In 2023, Nova Dolyna was among the finalists of the regional competition. We are waiting for the final results.
Community and War
A number of budget programs have been adopted in the Avangard community to support military personnel and their families. In order for every defender and their families to feel supported not only by the state, but also by the community, they provide one-time cash assistance from the local budget to mobilized residents of the community, assistance for treatment of injured soldiers, as well as assistance to family members in the event of the death of the defenders.
Also, the community actively helps and supports other communities. A subvention in the amount of UAH 500,000 was allocated to the budget of the Serhiivka settlement territorial community of the Odesa region, where russian Tu-22 bombers struck with Kh-22 Burya supersonic cruise missiles on the night of Friday, July 1.
Also, a subvention in the amount of UAH 300,000 was allocated for the reconstruction of damaged assets in the Borodianka Territorial Community of Kyiv Region. The community also actively helps other Ukrainian communities.
At the beginning of the summer of 2023, an operations group was created from the employees of the Avangard Settlement Council and the communal institution Citizen Safety Center to eliminate the consequences of the flooding of residential and non-residential premises in the Darivka rural territorial community of the Kherson region, which was deployed to the affected community on June 14.
The group managed to help the residents of the villages of Darivka and Fedorivka in eliminating the flooding of basements and residential buildings, clearing of damaged property, restoration of water supply of wells.
People of the Community
Serhii Khrustovskyi, the head of the settlement of Avangard, was first elected to the post in November 2010 and is the head of the village today.
In April 2012, Mr. Khrustovskyi was elected chairman of the Odesa regional branch of the All-Ukrainian Association of Village and Settlement Councils (reorganized into the All-Ukrainian Association of Communities). During his tenure, he was repeatedly awarded for his professionalism and dedication to work.
Since the beginning of 2023, the Local Program for the Payment of One-Time Cash Assistance upon the Birth of a Child has been applied in the Avangard community. Thus, cash assistance in the amount of UAH 25 thousand for each newborn child is received by families of civilian parents or UAH 35 thousand for each newborn child in a family in which at least one of the parents is a military serviceman.
In order to promote the attraction of foreign and domestic investments, grants for the development of economic potential, and the search for potential investors, very important work was carried out in 2020 to complete the preparation and adoption of the Strategy for the Development of the Avangard Community for 2020-2027. This document defines the most important social, economic, infrastructural and environmental projects, including directions for the distribution of resources, which should contribute to the development of the community in the best possible way.
The community strategy includes 96 projects that are planned to be implemented in the period from 2020 to 2027.
For the purpose of branding the territory, the logo of the community was developed.
It is also planned to implement numerous projects in the community.
One of these projects is Reconstruction of the Premises of the Culture and Arts House. The amount of UAH 85.538 million is required to implement the project.
The project Construction of a kindergarten seating 240 children. The total estimated construction cost is UAH 120,901.193 thousand.