Cherniakhiv Territorial Community
The Cherniakhiv settlement territorial community, which united 37 population centers with the administrative center in the village of Cherniakhiv, is part of the Zhytomyr district, Zhytomyr region.
The total area is 537.1 km2.
The population of the community is 19,560 people.
Due to marital law, more than 700 internally displaced persons live permanently in the community.
According to legends, dormant forests grew on the territory of modern Chernyakhiv bordering impassable swamps.
The first mention of the town dates back to 1545. Then a fortress was built here. It was strong and protected local residents from enemy attacks, because it accommodated the entire population. However, nothing has remained of the wooden fortress to this day.
Later, a castle was built in the family estate of the large landowners Nemyrychs in Chernyakhiv, which was surrounded by water on three sides. Its remains have been preserved to this day. Nowadays, a commemorative sign of the settlement has been erected here.
From the 16th century a trade route that started from the Black Sea passed through Cherniakhiv.
In the social and political life of the 1620s and 1630s, Cherniakhiv became the center of dissemination of the teachings of Italian humanist and reformer Faustus Socinus.
The modern Cherniakhiv area is rich in historical objects, including a wooden Cossack church. The Intercession Church, built in 1746, is located in the village of Horbuliv, Cherniakhiv community.
Among the famous historical figures of the Cherniakhiv region is the Sokolovsky family from the village of Horbuliv. This is one of the families of the Ukrainian patriotic rural intelligentsia, who became the main ideologues and organizers of the Ukrainian National Liberation War of 1917-1920s.
In the village of Korchivka, a unique windmill that was built back in 1920 has been preserved. It operated until 1967.
Windmills are traditional Ukrainian buildings for grinding grain and making groats.
Local residents care about their history, that is why they founded a local history museum in Chernyakhiv in 1967. The exposition is located in six halls and tells about the nature and history of the Cherniakhiv area from the Paleolithic era to the present day.
Economy and Welfare
The community has a high potential for the development of an agro-industrial complex. There are favorable conditions for the cultivation of agricultural products, berry growing, the development of dairy and meat cattle breeding, and pig breeding.
The branch of the Cherniakhiv Elevator Enterprise stores grain. The Cherniakhiv Bakery Plant is engaged in the production of flour. Modern productive grain drying complexes can work with any grain and oil crops, and a variety of storage options allow for both short-term and long-term high-quality storage of 48,000 tons of grain and oil crops.
DP Relpol-Altera LLC is engaged in the production of electrical distribution and control equipment. More than 290 employees work here. Finished products are sent to Poland, and part of them remains in Ukraine to meet the needs of the domestic market.
Alenrud LLC operates under the trademark Ruden. The main activity of the company is related to the production of confectionery products. The product range includes more than 300 types of confectionery products which are sold on the domestic market.
Mekoprint Ukraine LLC is an enterprise with Danish investments. With the positive result of its economic activity, the company confirms the potential of the development of the cable network market in the world. The factory manufactures products for the following customers: SMA Magnetics, SMA Solar, Danfoss, GAASDAL – these are leaders in their industry segments.
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Community and War
As soon as the first days of full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, the residents of the Cherniakhiv community showed solidarity and devotion to their country. Everyone became a volunteer here.
Roadblocks were created near all population centers of the community. In a few days, protective structures made of sandbags were erected near administrative premises, institutions and organizations by the efforts of local entrepreneurs and residents.
A humanitarian headquarters was organized in the premises of the settlement council and the administrative services center, where assistance was provided to internally displaced persons and territorial defense forces.
Today, the community actively helps the Armed Forces: they weave camouflage nets, make trench candles, prepare food, hold fairs where funds are collected for the needs of soldiers.
About UAH 150 million has been allocated for the needs of the Armed Forces from the budget of the settlement council for 2023 alone.
The Cherniakhiv community suffered serious destructions due to russian missile attacks. Damage to the private sector has been eliminated at the cost of the local budget and state programs.
Many residents of the community defend the sovereignty of Ukraine on the frontline. Unfortunately, there are also those who died in battle with the enemy. The burial of every Hero who gave his life for Ukraine is held with full military honors, and the memory of fallen soldiers is honored during all events.
Recently, a patriotic race, I honor soldiers, I run for the Heroes of Ukraine, was held in Chernyakhiv, and a public rally was held to commemorate the fallen defenders of Ukraine, where all compatriots who died fighting for their homeland were remembered by name.
People of the Community
In 2020, Natalia Revchuk was elected Head of the Cherniakhiv settlement community.
On the initiative of the Settlement Head, major repairs of roads of local importance in the population centers of the community and construction and major repairs of dual purpose civil protection structures are carried out, energy saving measures are implemented in cultural, educational and social institutions, and cooperation with international organizations is established.
Young people always take an active part in community sports events. In 2023, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Youth Day, mini-football and beach volleyball competitions were held at the Kolos Stadium. All winners and participants of the competition received monetary rewards from Cherniakhiv Settlement Head Natalia Revchuk. Young people also demonstrated their creative talents during the artistic glider, and in the evening everyone watched a movie in the open air.
In June 2023, the Cherniakhiv community, honoring the culinary traditions of the past and united by the desire to help the defenders of Ukraine, held the first charity gastronomic fair dedicated to the anniversary of the community’s foundation. The event was a great success among the local population and guests, and now such a festival will become traditional.
Honored master of folk art Zinaida Buhaichuk lives in the community. She makes traditional folk dolls. The craftswoman’s products are known far beyond the borders of Ukraine. Recently, her work was presented at the exhibition “100 Motankas for peace” in Kamanura, Japan.
The Cherniakhiv settlement council is at the stage of preparing the updated Community Development Strategy. Its priority goals are to ensure conditions for sustainable economic development and to improve living conditions in the territorial community. Now, the experts of the settlement council are actively working on the creation of the investment passport of the community and the development of tourist routes.
There is a strong potential to improve the investment and business climate in the community. This will create additional prospects for increasing economic capacity.
Priorities until 2027 are the implementation of measures that will satisfy the socio-cultural, housing, utility and household needs of the population of the territorial community.
Cherniakhiv community / source: youtube channel Maksym Melnychuk
In 2022, the Cherniakhiv Settlement Council successfully passed the competitive selection process and became a participant in the USAID HOVERLA project, a five-year program from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DAI Global LLC (DAI).
List of Sources
- Official website of the Cherniakhiv community: chernyahivska-gromada.gov.ua
- Facebook of the Cherniakhiv settlement council: facebook.com
- Video about the community: youtube.com
- Ukrainian church architecture: parafia.org.ua
- Internet portal 1ua: 1ua.com.ua
- Zhytomyr Regional Employment Center: zhy.dcz.gov.ua
- Mekoprint Ukraine LLC Facebook page: facebook.com
- Olia Olkina’s Facebook page: facebook.com
- Cherniakhiv Book Collection Facebook page: facebook.com
- Zinaida Buhaichuk’s Facebook page facebook.com